Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE praised the “spirit“ of Indians living in poverty during a trip to India to promote new Trump Organization luxury apartments.

“There is something about the Indian people that is unique here to other parts of the emerging world,” Trump Jr. told CNBC in New Delhi on Tuesday.

“You go through a town, and I don’t mean to be glib about it, but you can see the poorest of the poor, and there is still a smile on a face ... It’s a different spirit that you don't see in other parts of the world where people walk around so solemn,” Trump Jr. said.

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Despite hardships, Trump Jr. said that spirit speaks to the potential of what India can achieve in the future.

“I know some of the most successful people in the world and some of them are the most miserable people in the world,” Trump Jr. said.

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Last October, the brothers announced two real estate projects which include a Trump-branded tower in Kolkata and apartments in New Delhi.

Ethics watchdog groups criticized Trump Jr.’s trip on Monday after reports surfaced that he will deliver a foreign policy speech at an event with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, calling it a conflict of interest.

The State Department on Tuesday distanced itself from Trump Jr.’s speech, telling reporters the agency had no role in shaping his message.