President-elect Donald Trump reportedly brought up a business partner during a phone call with Turkey’s president.
Trump told Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the son-in-law of the businessman who owns the twin towers in Istanbul that bear his name is a ‘close friend’ and ‘your great admirer.’
Dogan Holding licenses the Trump name from the Trump Organization.
Mehmet Ali Yalcindag is the son-in-law of Aydin Dogan. Yalcindag was instrumental in the Istanbul Trump Towers project, the Huffington Post reports, and attended the president-elect’s victory party two weeks ago in New York.
President-elect Donald Trump reportedly talked up a business partner during a phone call with Turkey’s president
Trump told Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the son-in-law of the businessman who owns the twin towers in Istanbul that bear his name is a ‘close friend’ and ‘your great admirer’
Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, right, is the son-in-law of Aydin Dogan. Yalcindag was instrumental in the Istanbul Trump Towers project and attended the president-elect’s victory party two weeks ago in New York. A report says Ivanka was sitting beside him for the call
Turkish outlet Diken reported Trump’s mention of Yalcindag, who’s a member of Dogan Holding’s board, on his call with Erdogan.
Trump has not yet responded to the claim.
The Diken report says that Trump told Erdogan his daughter Ivanka was sitting beside him for the call. A rough translation of the Turkish-language news report says Trump told Erdogan that Ivanka was also a fan of his.
Ivanka is slated to take over the Trump Organization with her two adult brothers, yet she’s reportedly been at her father’s side as he takes congratulatory calls with foreign leaders.
Trump’s reference to Dogan’s son-in-law on the call is curious, the Huffington Post points out, because of the bad blood between the foreign businessman and Erdogan’s government.
The Turkish president slapped Dogan Holdings with a $2.5 billion fine in 2009 after the company’s owner spoke out publicly against Erdogan’s political party.
Erdogan said he had nothing to do with the tax. But the New York Times says he also called for a boycott of Dogan’s media outlets, run at the time by Yalcindag.
Soner Cagaptay, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told the Huffington Post the pressure resulted in the ‘sales of Dogan-owned media to government-owned businesses’ and a ‘change of editorial tone and content.’
‘Prominent columnists have been fired. Editors have been demoted.’
Dogan himself retired in 2010, though he remains the honorary president of Dogan Holdings. He passed the baton to his daughter, Arzuhan Doğan Yalcındag.
He remains one of the most wealthy people in Turkey and has a net worth of $1 billion.
The call with Erdogan highlights the difficulties Trump is facing as he transitions from his company’s chief executive to the nation’s.
He brushed back at critics this week who want him to liquidate his real estate empire and put professional distance between himself his closest family members to avoid potential conflicts of interest – saying if it was up to some people ‘I would never, ever see my daughter Ivanka again.’
Asked about simply selling his empire of hotels and golf courses, Trump told the New York Times, ‘That’s a really hard thing to do, because I have real estate.’
‘My company’s so unimportant to me relative to what I’m doing,’ he claimed.
Doganretired in 2010, though he remains the honorary president of Dogan Holdings
The call with Erdogan highlights the difficulties Trump is facing as he transitions from his company’s chief executive to the nation’s
But so far he is refusing to liquidate the business, and has yet to announce steps to remove himself from its operation.
The last plan he announced was to have Eric, Ivanka, and Donald Trump Jr., run the company while he is president. But all three are on his government transition team, too.
Trump said during the campaign that he would put his company into a ‘blind trust’ if elected, although he also has said he would turn over the country to his children, which would make its status less than blind.
Trump noted in his interview with the Times that laws setting up severe limitations on federal government employee conduct in business do not apply to the president, saying, ‘The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.’
He also gave the impression that he has not yet decided on how to handle the task of providing separation with his company, which in financial disclosures he has valued at more than $10 billion.
‘I’d assumed that you’d have to set up some type of trust or whatever and you don’t,’ Trump told the paper’s reporters and editors. ‘I would like to do something.’
He also stated: ‘In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly. There’s never been a case like this.’
The Tuesday comments were his most extensive on the pressing topic since the election. He hasn’t given a press conference since he got elected.
Monday night he bashed the media on Twitter and argued that the public had already been forewarned.
‘Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world. Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!’ he wrote.
Trump said of his meeting with UKIP leader Nigel Farage and the wind farm issue, ”I might have brought it up’
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were both present when President-elect Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as seen in this handout photo that got released
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Trump issued the broadside after the New York Times released a report on his meeting with UK Independence Party head Nigel Farage claiming that Trump had made a pitch against wind farms that might spoil the view of his golf properties in Scotland and Ireland.
The article quoted media consultant Andy Wigmore, who was present at the meeting, as saying: ‘He did not say he hated wind farms as a concept; he just did not like them spoiling the views.’
Wigmore said the president-elect ‘did suggest that we should campaign on it’ and ‘spurred us in and we will be going for it’ in a campaign in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Trump’s transition team denied to the paper that the conversation happened, but the president-elect said in Tuesday’s interview with the Times, ‘I might have brought it up.’
It was only the latest example of Trump’s business interests intersecting with his official duties since the November 8 election.
Trump met last week with Indian business partners in one of his luxury hotel projects, the Economic Times of India reported.
Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Trump Jr. were present in the meeting, the outlet reported.