A Look Inside Trump's Global Business Interests

A look at Donald Trump's global assets.

ByJames Hill
January 10, 2017, 1:03 PM

— -- It is a business empire that spans four continents and nearly two dozen countries.

Among the interests are golf courses and residential and commercial developments.

But the corporate titan behind these business dealings is none other than the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump.

The real estate mogul’s new role as the leader of the free world while still having his name on properties in foreign lands could complicate trade deals and foreign relations.

Trump has said that the law is on his side and, indeed, federal ethics laws governing conflicts of interest contain specific exemptions for the president and vice president.

Still, some ethics experts say Trump could be in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits enrichment from foreign heads of state, from the moment he takes office. Others have argued that the clause may not apply to the president.

Trump has made sometimes conflicting statements about what he plans to do with his businesses, at one point complaining about all the attention the ties were receiving.

"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 tweeted on Nov. 21.

More than a week later, he tweeted that while he was under no legal obligation to do so, he intends to leave his "great business in total in order to focus on running the country."

During the transition period, Trump has taken steps to cancel some business deals and shut down some foreign entities — eliminating some potentially thorny issues before his move into the White House.

His overall plans are expected to be announced this week. On Monday, Trump told reporters at Trump Tower in New York to stay tuned for details but that “it’s very simple, very easy.”

In advance of that expected announcement ABC News decided to lay out his known properties and business interests in the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe, based primarily on the financial disclosure documents Trump filed covering 2014 to 2016, with additional information from the Trump Organization’s website and public statements, court filings and other public records, ABC News stories and other published reports.

Here is a list of business ties that Trump has pursued in other countries,including some that the organization describes as canceled, inactive or prospective.


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