UPDATED 9:58 AM PT — Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The president’s eldest son is brushing off accusations his family’s ‘Dream Project’ in Indonesia presents a conflict of interest. Donald Trump Jr. attended a pre-launch event Tuesday with the billionaire chairman of Indonesia’s MNC Group, which is helping to build two Trump branded luxury resorts in the country.
The president’s son said the Trump Organization has a “contractual- obligation” to finish the project, which was agreed to before the 2016 election. He said his family has lost out on millions of dollar because they agreed not to take on any new overseas deals in order to avoid “the impression of impropriety.”
“But the notion that some people would say that because of the development somewhere that my father would, you know, even remotely be influenced or change U.S. policy on major issue that affects the life of hundreds of millions of Americans and frankly, that people around the world are totally asinine, and so I’d like to shut that non-sense down once in for all,” said Donald Jr.
The project includes two resorts, which will be built on the island of Bali and in Lido, which is located near the Indonesian capital. The projects will include hotels, villas, and golf courses.