Trump cafe lures Bangladeshis keen for pics, not pol­i­tics

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Acafe in Dhaka named af­ter Don­ald Trump has been lur­ing Bangladeshis un­de­terred by his con­tro­ver­sial pol­i­tics and more in­ter­ested in snap­ping self­ies with a life-size cutout of the US pres­i­dent. The cafe was opened in Jan­uary by a self-pro­fessed Trump fan who re­jects the no­tion that the US pres­i­dent is ‘anti Is­lam’, say­ing din­ers at his cafe in the heart of Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Bangladesh agreed. “If he were anti-Mus­lim, he would not have vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia and had a good time there,” cafe owner Shafiul Is­lam told AFP, adding none of Trump’s de­ci­sions had af­fected Bangladesh’s 144 mil­lion-odd Mus­lims.

Pol­i­tics ap­pears to be last thing on many din­ers’ minds as they pose for pho­tos with a card­board cutout of the US pres­i­dent, placed strate­gi­cally at the en­trance by 29-year-old busi­ness­man Is­lam. “Girls are his big­ger fans. They come to take self­ies with the Trump pic­ture. Chil­dren love him too,” he said, adding more vis­i­tors snapped pho­tos than or­dered food. The cafe serves Thai, Chi­nese and In­dian dishes, with spe­cials given names like the “Trump burger”.

CNN is broad­cast to give an ex­tra Amer­i­can fla­vor, while the wi-fi pass­word is “Ivanka Trump”. But it’s the pull power of the man him­self bring­ing in cu­ri­ous cus­tomers. Nuzhat Sul­tana, said the cafe­which Is­lam says will soon in­clude wall­pa­pered im­ages of the Oval Of­fice and Trump’s fam­ily-was “very fas­ci­nat­ing”. “The best part is the sud­den il­lu­sion when you en­ter the cafe and see the US pres­i­dent wel­com­ing you at the door!” she said. — AFP

Bangladeshi cus­tomers take selfie with a cutout US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the Trump Cafe in Dhaka. — AFP pho­tos

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