"I don’t want to be glib but you can see the poorest of the poor and there is still a smile on a face," Trump Jr said. "It is a different spirit than that which you see in other parts of the world and I think there is something unique about that." His visit to India seems to have given him a new perspective.
Trump Jr was in New Delhi, India to promote the family's real estate empire, short on the heels of trying to get his father, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to stand firm on gun rights in the wake of the deadliest school shooting that took place in Florida.
Before hawking a project concerning luxury Trump Towers worth over $1 billion, Trump Jr. for an interview with CNBC India, said he couldn't help but notice one trait of the poor of India: They always seem to have a smile plastered onto their faces and what's more? It's genuine and welcoming.
Trump Jr. continued: "I know some of the most successful businessmen in the world, and some of them are the most miserable people in the world." Was he maybe indicating at his father? We can only guess. Although, now Trump Jr. can see with his own eyes that money does not, in fact, buy happiness.
Much of India resides in poverty and that is despite being one of the fastest growing economies in the world and boasting a rising number of millionaires. There are about 1.3 billion people who lead a poor and not so privileged life. The country's average per capita income is $4,700 for 2016 to 2017.
Trump Jr. says despite the hardships faced by the citizens of the country, there is something extremely appealing and surprising in the ingenuity of their smiles and their souls.
Trump Jr. will also be hosting a wine and dine with buyers of the estates bearing Trump's name because who doesn't want to be in the presence of such an important man? The properties are going at a staggering rate of anything between $775,000 to $1.5 million which means the price is not exactly catering to the preference of the local crowds. According to a 2017 report by The Times of India, an average citizen in Delhi, where the properties are being built, earns $4,600 a year.
Ethics Watchdog criticized Trump Jr's visit after it was made clear that he is due to deliver a speech on foreign policy titled “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation," at a global business summit co-sponsored by the Economic Times newspaper, the same which will also be graced by the presence of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Donald Trump had promised not to undertake any new foreign deals while serving his term in office but this deal seemed to have surfaced way before the man got elected! However, Trump Jr.'s presence in India is much of an ethical minefield prompting a conflict of interest.
The Trumps have a licensing deal with two Indian developers for two towers situated outside the capital of New Delhi. Full-page jarring ads were issued in newspapers trumpeting the arrival of Trump Jr.
“These ads illustrate the importance of Trump divesting from his business and the danger brought by his failure to divest. Trump's company is literally selling access to the president's son overseas,” said Jordan Leibowitz, the communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is frequently critical of the first family.
After his father became the President, Trump Jr. took over most of Trump businesses and has been running them alongside his brother, Eric. Trump Jr. also expressed his frustration over having to make business deals in the country while his father remained in The White House, managing affairs of the US.
"It is unfortunate we are not able to do new ones because there would be no shortage of business that we could do, but it is an understandable opportunity cost of some of the other things that we are doing that are also important," he said.
Well, no matter how sketchy it seems to operate any undertaking bearing the Trump name, one good thing seems to have come out of all this - that Trump Jr. now knows being rich and spoiled for goods is not everything and that sometimes, something as simple as a smile is enough, to get you through the toughest of times.
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