You probably remember how last week we told you that US president-elect Donald Trump called President Mauricio Macri to discuss bilateral relations and how under a new administration the White House would make sure that both countries have “the closest relationship in their history.”
Last night, however, Jorge Lanata made a surprising revelation on live television when he said that Trump had also asked Macri to help him with the development of a Trump office building in Buenos Aires, a real state project that has been stuck in limbo for several years now due to “a series of complications tied to financing, importation of building materials and various permitting requirements.“
For a number of years, Trump and his Argentine partners have been trying to build a major office building in Buenos Aires. The project has been held up by a series of complications tied to financing, importation of building materials and various permitting requirements.
“This still hasn’t been made public, but during their conversation Trump asked Macri to help him get the authorization needed to construct a building in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t just geopolitical talk,” Lanata said.
After the TV host described Trump as a “moderate Nazi” at the beginning of the segment last night, journalist Romina Manguel went on to explain why the president-elect’s real estate development “depends on the Buenos Aires Legislature” to move forward.
“A long time ago a local investment group purchased a three-story parking building near the 9 de Julio Av. In 2007 they suddenly ran out of money and the project stopped. In March this year Trump’s business partners, the YY Development Group, met with them and told them: ‘You have the permits, we have the money. Let’s create a partnership and work on this together.’ The group agreed and they began a development similar to the Trump Tower in New York, except this would be a 35-story office building,” she explained.
“To have Trump discuss his personal business in such a way is a scandal. This is not so questionable in Argentina but this is a very serious problem in the United States,”
Maximiliano Montenegro, one of the co-hosts, said, while others joked that Trump’s attitude suggested he was “probably born in Argentina.”
The story made it to the US media and is understandably raising some concerns since, if proven real, it could potentially be an impeachable offense. While the local government has remained mum on the issue, sources in the Casa Rosada have denied that such a conversation ever took place.
Let’s stay alert for Donald Trump’s Twitter account and see what he has to say about it.