Trump Jr.: 'Nonsense' to suggest family is profiting from presidency
© Getty

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 is rejecting the idea that his family is profiting from his father's presidency.

Trump Jr. told Indian television channel CNBC-TV18 that when people say the family is "profiteering from the presidency and all this nonsense," they aren't addressing "the opportunity cost of the deals that we were not able to do."

He said the family is actually losing out on some opportunities because his father vowed not to do any new foreign business while in the White House.

“It’s sort of a shame,” he said, according to The Associated Press. "Because we put on all these impositions on ourselves and essentially got no credit for actually doing that ... for doing the right thing."


The comments come as Trump Jr. is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy speech this week while on a trip to India to promote his family's projects.

Trump Jr. will speak about Indo-Pacific relations at an event on Friday, during which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to speak, The Washington Post reported earlier this week.

The Trump Organization has also been offering those interested in buying units in Trump properties the chance to meet Trump Jr. through full-page ads about the trip.

“Trump is here — Are You Invited?” reads the headline of one, which offers home buyers the opportunity to pay about $38,000 to “join Mr. Donald Trump Jr. for a conversation and dinner.” 

The move comes more than a year after Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll Eric, Lara Trump welcome second baby Trump tweets photo of Trump Tower in Greenland: 'I promise not to do this' MORE, took over the day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization while their father is in the Oval Office.

Watchdog groups told the Post the advertisements and Trump Jr. delivering a foreign policy speech while on a business trip creates a complicated situation.

Ethics experts had recommended that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE sell his assets and put the profits in a blind trust before he was sworn into office, but he declined to do so.