Panama City

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Trump leans on gov­ern­ment: Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s hold­ing com­pany asked Pana­ma­nian Pres­i­dent Juan Car­los Varela to in­ter­vene in a le­gal fight over a lux­ury hotel, warn­ing of po­ten­tial “reper­cus­sions for the Pana­ma­nian state” if he re­fused. The spat be­gan last Oc­to­ber when Orestes Fin­tik­lis, ma­jor­ity owner of a Trump­branded hotel in Panama City, sought to fire the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which had been man­ag­ing the prop­erty. Fin­tik­lis claimed the Trump brand was scar­ing away guests; Pana­ma­nian courts sided with Fin­tik­lis, and in March, Trump em­ploy­ees were evicted from the build­ing. Soon af­ter, Trump lawyers sent the let­ter to Varela. The sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers for­bids Panama’s ex­ec­u­tive from med­dling in ju­di­cial cases. “This is about dif­fer­ences be­tween busi­nesses,” said Panama’s for­eign min­istry, “not a bi­lat­eral mat­ter be­tween gov­ern­ments.”

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