Donald Trump Jr arrives in India to help sell luxury apartments

Donald Trump Jr

Donald Trump Jr

Later in the week, he is scheduled to make a speech about Indo-Pacific relations at a New Delhi business summit, sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A full page advertisement that ran on the cover of several Indian newspapers over the weekend featured a picture of Trump Jr., alongside the tagline "Trump is here".

But Trump Jr. did not respond to a question from CNN outside the New Delhi meeting about whether his visit to the Trump Organization's biggest global market would fuel concerns about mixing business and politics.

A watchdog organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), said Trump using President's name for commercial gains.

Trump Jr.'s tour of India, Sharma said, is a chance to "celebrate the entire exercise". India Today visited the site where the swanky Trump Tower apartments are to be constructed and spoke to property agents who claim interest is peaking.

President Trump handed over control of his business empire to Donald Trump Junior and Eric Trump before his inauguration a year ago.

"For many people wanting to impact American policy in the region, the cost of a condo is a small price to pay to lobby one of the people closest to the president, far away from watchful eyes", Libowitz said. The Trump Organization's spokesman did not return calls or emails requesting comment.

On January 10, in its largest super-luxury residential development in India, Trump Organization had launched a 1.25 million sq ft project in Gurgaon.

India is the Trump Organization's biggest global market, with four real estate projects under way. According to a 17 February report by New York Times, Trump Organisation has earned as much as $3 million in royalties in 2016 from its businesses in India.

Trump Jr. took over day-to-day operations of the business along with his brother when their father took office.

The invitation has sparked concerns of a possible conflict of interest. His schedule included dinners in at least two cities with buyers of Trump-branded apartments, which could fuel ethical concerns about the links between the president and his family business.

"Part of the deal was that Trump would come and do promotions every couple of years", said an employee of the Lodha Group, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

"The idea that the president's son would be going and shilling the president's brand at the same time Donald Trump is president and is managing strategic and foreign relations with India - that is just freakish", he told The New York Times. "She has a better public image".

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