Trump Jr.: 'Nonsense' to suggest family is profiting from presidency
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Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report Ukraine's top prosecutor says no evidence of wrongdoing by Bidens 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 TrumpNew financial disclosure forms provide glimpses of Trump's wealth De Blasio blasts Trump as he launches 2020 bid: 'Every New Yorker knows he's a con artist' Trump rips de Blasio 2020 bid: 'He is a JOKE' 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE sell his assets and put the profits in a blind trust before he was sworn into office, but he declined to do so.