Ivanka’s Tweet Thanking Erdogan For Attending Trump Tower Launch Is Aging Nicely
As Turkey prepares for an onslaught in northern Syria, following President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of the region on Sunday night, Twitter remembered a 2012 tweet from the president’s daughter that highlights a clear conflict of interest on the part of the president.
"Thank you Prime Minister Erdogan for joining us yesterday to celebrate the launch of #TrumpTowers Istanbul!" Ivanka Trump wrote at the time, Newsweek reported.
Social media users were immediately concerned that the Trump family’s business dealings in Turkey could have influenced the president’s decision to bow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wishes in the region.
“Trump has promised to keep his business empire separate, handing over control of his commercial operations to sons Eric and Donald Jr. for the duration of his time in office,” Newsweek noted, but the president has not fully divested from his business.
Meanwhile, Turkey is preparing an incursion into northern Syria, where U.S.-allied Kurdish forces will be in danger after spending years helping the American military defeat ISIS.
The president was duly criticized by many on both sides of the aisle for the brash decision, announced on Sunday night following his weekend phone call with Erdogan.
Ivanka was part of the Trump Tower project in Istanbul from its inception, Newsweek reported. The president himself noted that the building presented an ethical dilemma during his 2016 campaign, saying at the time: "I have a little conflict of interest, because I have a major, major building in Istanbul...It's called Trump Towers. Two towers, instead of one. Not the usual one, it's two. And I've gotten to know Turkey very well."