Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)
Trump jnr’s sales trip sets off ethics bells
NEW DELHI: The US president’s eldest son heaped praise on the Indian media on Friday and accused American journalists of unfair criticism as he neared the end of a trip across India promoting Trumpbrand luxury real estate.
Donald Trump Jr said at an Indian business summit that life since his father’s election “has been difficult from a family standpoint”, but he had enjoyed the coverage he had received during this trip. “I love the Indian media. They are so mild and nice,” he said to audience laughter.
Hours earlier, as criticism mounted that Trump Jr was pushing an ethics boundary by making what seemed to be a foreign policy speech at the Global Business Summit, conference organisers hurriedly changed the speech’s title. “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The Era of Co-operation” became “A Fireside Chat with Donald Trump Jr.”
Critics said that Trump Jr speaking on international relations, especially on a platform with senior Indian government officials, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was problematic due to the implication that he has his father’s ear.
Ethics experts see the use of the Trump name to promote existing business ventures as tricky territory.
The Trump Organisation charges a licensing fee to its Indian partners. – AP/African News Agency (ANA)