President Trump's old office on the 26 th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan is now uninhabited, and his two eldest sons say they want to eventually hand over the souvenirs to their father's presidential library.
But there's only one flight on Eric and Donald Trump Jr.
Their father is in a crowded office. present —
Of the seven copies of the most recent issue of Golf Digest, his photo and title is "golfer-in-
The "chief" placed on the cover of Eric's desk ";
On CNN, his face kept circulating (
Yes, they watch CNN);
The president looked at the cardboard cut from behind a pile of blueprints in the corner.
These are the problems faced by the two brothers in controlling the empire established by their father: How they advance, how they sail on the shoals of morality, in a business entirely based on the brand of people they vowed to keep a distance from?
"His DNA will always be in the company," Eric told Trump Tower last week for nearly five hours.
"His DNA made the company.
And his DNA made us.
We are an extension of him in many ways.
"He and Xiao Tang
Insist that they don't need their father's investment in running the company.
The apprentices became bosses.
Even if potential conflict of interest issues remain, they say with no apologies that they plan to continue to expand the Trump Organization's footprint in the United States and overseas.
In fact, on Saturday, they will cut ribbon at their company's latest branded property, known as the "magnificent golf course" in Dubai, the booming UAE, and hundreds of Emirates power brokers.
A week later, they will head to Vancouver, BC for another opening ceremony to celebrate the latest Trump International Hotel and Tower, one of a dozen major ongoing international projects, from Dominican Republic to India.
Back in the United States, they plan to open a new boutique hotel chain in 30 cities, Scion.
However, with the positive progress, the continuous torture of moral quality also follows.
Just last week, news of Eric's Trip to the Dominican Republic to restart a stalled project sparked controversy as the Trump group promised no new overseas deals.
The Washington Post reported that on January, when Eric was on a business trip to Uruguay, taxpayers paid nearly $100,000 in hotel bills for the required Secret Service agents and embassy staff.
Dust echoed in the Trump Tower office.
Nordstrom and several other retailers have decided to stop selling their sister Ivanka's clothing collection. Don Jr.
Both brothers said it was right for their father to take Nordstrom and other retailers to make a public mission in Ivanka's defense.
"He's the father of the bear," Eric said . "
Despite the pressure to do so, President Trump has not sold any of his assets, including half the shares.
The company owns or manages a dozen office buildings, a dozen golf courses and at least 15 hotels.
Instead, he has signed on to day-to-
His private holding company reached an agreement on the day-to-day operation of two sons and the trusty lieutenant of the Trump Organization, Alan Weisenberg, without discussing the company's business.
This arrangement and the president's decision not to release taxes has been widely criticized by liberal groups and even Walter M, the federal government's top moral watchdog. Shaub Jr.
Director of the government ethics office.
President Trump continues to operate his commercial properties frequently, including commercial properties in Florida last weekend, attracting worldwide media attention and potential new customers.
But the two brothers said they were convinced that they and their father had taken enough steps to build a management structure that would enable them to avoid conflicts of interest that plagued Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, her husband continues to run the Clinton Foundation.
They say the measures they take include explicitly directing their domestic and international business partners not to seek help from anyone in the US government.
When they were asked in a separate interview about their father's suggestion to use the presidency to boost family profits, the brothers tightened their expressions and their voices rose.
"Who in their right mind is trying to flesh out themselves by spending a lot of money against 17 experienced politicians on the Republican side, and then against the Clinton machine, Wall Street, Hollywood, p. C. culture? ” Don Jr. asked.
"It's ridiculous to enrich yourself with it.
No matter what it does, the family will face high temperatures, he added.
If the Trump group sells its assets, there will be allegations of misconduct because foreign investors are likely to be involved.
If the bank is cleared and cash is deposited in the bank, his father will be charged with artificially raising interest rates for personal interests, he said.
For critics, however, especially Democrats in Congress, Trump's global business continues --
Even if President Trump is not directly involved
There are many problems, and even some Republican observers question whether they can avoid trouble, regardless of their brother's intentions.
Even without new foreign deals, the company is able to get tax breaks and other business temptations from state and local officials.
While such incentives are not uncommon for growth businesses, in family businesses, they inevitably ask the question of whether different participants will seek special help from the White House.
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"People will provide them with sweetheart deals," said conservative writer Peter Schweitzer, whose book, Clinton Cash, among other things
Clinton used her position as secretary of state to help donors to the foundation.
"It's just the way it works because people want to reach out to the country's national leaders, and unfortunately, in the past, whether it was Billy Carter, Neil Bush) or relatives of Roger Clinton have become tools to achieve this goal.
Schweizer added that he was referring to relatives who had been censored in the past government for business activities.
The two oldest brothers have been working in the Trump Organization for a long time, but do not have the daily presence of their father --
Leaving the company office with Ivanka-
Their responsibility has increased.
Eric Trump, 33, who oversees construction, said he is now a designated official for hundreds of Trump companies, not his father. Don Jr.
At the age of 39, he is responsible for commercial leasing, as well as many remaining companies.
Although they have some young peopleversion-of-their-
Father, they have different personalities. Don Jr.
Trump's children have the clearest memories of divorce, and he is the most openly confident and politically conservative.
Eric appeared more cautious and more worried about how people would look at what he said.
But not particularly shy.
"There has never been an introverted Trump," Eric said with a smile . ".
What is it like-
As the son of Donald Trump, and now the corporate executives, themselves, even in common
Stars in reality show
Son of the president of the United States?
"It's bigger, it's bigger," Eric said . " He worked hard to find the right word and then turned to a word of the highest level, a habit he inherited from his father.
"This is really the biggest thing in the world.
"Despite all the rhetoric of the Trump group on a global scale, it still has a sense of family.
Small offices assigned to Eric, Ivanka and Don
Ivanka, like her father, lined up continuously, and since she left the company and moved to Washington with her husband Jared Kushner, she has not used it, and he is a senior consultant at the White House.
In the recent snow storm in New York
School day off-Don Jr.
He has five children, nine years old. year-
Old daughter in the office, share breakfast delivered from a restaurant downstairs.
Overall, it seems that the Trump Tower is back to normal as the most famous residents of the building have moved to Washington, although Secret Service agents are still stationed in the Trump Organization Hall and elsewhere.
Just a few days before he took office on January.
Trump announced plans to resign from hundreds of entities he controls and put his assets in trust.
The move drew sharp criticism from ethics lawyers, who said it was intended to add fuel to the public.
Eric said that Trump, as the sole beneficiary of the trust, still owns assets, gets economic benefits from whatever money they may make, and is likely to be updated, about every quarter is related to the company's financial position.
Despite this, President Trump handed over control of trust to Xiao Tang. and Mr.
Weisselberg, Eric, is the only member of what he calls the advisory committee.
Eric said the three had to vote unanimously in order to make a decision on new deals and other major business decisions. To Don Jr.
Everything the company does these days seems controversial.
Many of them are unfounded, he said.
For example, it was questioned why Delaware's corporate records did not show that the president had resigned from a company registered there.
Eric said he did, but it could take more than a year to update the records there.
The brothers expressed anger at their father's announcement that Judge Neil M was present at the meeting
Mr. Gossage filled the vacancy in the Supreme Court, which caused media reports that they had not complied with the agreement to stay away from the White House.
In fact, they said that they visited the new hotel in Washington, D. C. , located at the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, and by the way said hello to their father, sharing historical moments. Don Jr.
He said he knew his father was busy and he had only called him once since he took office.
Eric said he "talked" with his father several times a week ".
But he insisted that he knew which line he did not cross.
"In the next four years, have I ever thought he would say, 'Hey, how's Turnberry? '?
How about the new green?
How's the new 10? ’” Eric said.
He said that in this case he might say, "Dad, it's great," and "The house looks great.
He continued, "will I say, 'Look.
Do we have a tax problem? No, no, no.
There is a difference.
"Recently, the brothers stripped most of their father's photos from Trump's marketing materials, even his signature.
The company will brand and manage the new Scion hotel chain without Trump's name.
Eric says they want to find the Scion and provide a lower one.
In large and medium-sized "stylish" cities like Austin, Texas, this is an alternative price for Trump International hotel brands. , Charlotte, N. C. And Nashville.
One of the first pick-up locations could be Dallas, where brothers and their executive team are evaluating possible locations, Eric said.
They are negotiating with a possible partner, Mukemmel Sarimsakci, a Texas-based developer who has considered working with the Trump Organization
Although the company has the risk of pestering foreign partners on American projects, and may have to deal with the suspicion that due to its relationship with the White House, it is subject to local government tax relief and other incentives, company officials said they decided not to stop domestic expansion because it created jobs for Americans.
The Trump group says it has abandoned a range of overseas projects, including the Trump office in Argentina;
The Trump Tower in Rio and the Rio de Janeiro hotel are in Brazil;
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Baku, Azerbaijan;
Trump Tower in Georgia;
And the Trump River Trail in Pune, India.
Other transactions that are still in the conceptual phase-
Including possible office buildings in Dubai and towers in Australia, China, Israel and Vietnam --
Also put on hold.
"I was the first to raise my hand and say you shouldn't do certain deals because I understood optics and Eric said," because you can't build the tallest building in Tel Aviv, nor can we try to negotiate peace in the Middle East. ".
He estimated that the company had canceled a billion-dollar deal.
Although this estimate cannot be independently confirmed.
Nevertheless, the company will continue to complete more than a dozen projects that the brothers said were going on before the inauguration day, so it is not qualified to become a new project.
Including two resorts in Indonesia;
The Trump Tower in Mumbai and the Trump Tower in Gurgaon are also in India;
Trump Tower, Punta del Este, Uruguay;
Dubai's second Golf Club and the dominican Republic resort were founded in 2007 but stalled during the financial crisis.
"That doesn't mean the deal won't continue," Eric said . " Last week, the project was criticized as a "new deal ".
"Another property Trump recently had in the moral spotlight was March --a-
Lago, Oceanside Manor becomes a private club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The president made it his Winter White House. Mr.
Trump arrived there again on Friday to play golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"The White House and business operations should not be intertwined," said Public Citizen President Robert Weisman, who was upset about whether the president would receive the Japanese prime minister for free.
In business operations
Or make charges against him, which means a foreign government official is payingTrump’s family.
"His private money should not be mixed up with public affairs.
In March, Eric saw these issues as meaningless. a-
Tex, go to Crawford.
Former President George W RanchBush.
He said his father did not have a companion when he built a friendship at the golf course, and when he talked about the possibility that the family resort might become a place to attract the world league, his eyes were wide open.
A mix of the Trump family, business and officialdom
At least when their father visited. is just fine.
"If he can do it with Putin, if he can do it with the horrible actors around the world who just want to harm our national interests, he can make them friends, they can trust each other, "Eric said. " He just did something that many presidents couldn't do. ".