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Report: Trump Asks Foreign Leaders For Business Favors

| by Michael Allen

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly been asking foreign leaders for business favors. The first alleged deal request came when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called Trump to congratulate him on his election.

Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata told La Nacion: "Macri called [Trump]. This still hasn’t emerged but Trump asked for them to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires, it wasn’t just a geopolitical chat," according to Talking Points Memo.

Trump and some partners in Argentina have reportedly been blocked by financial issues, building permits and trouble importing the materials needed to make the building.

The Trump campaign issued this statement to Talking Points Memo: "Any reports alleging a discussion about personal business interests between President-elect Trump and President Macri are completely untrue. The Argentine President and his office have also refuted these baseless claims."

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The Argentinian embassy said: "That issue was not part of the conversation between president Mauricio Macri and president-elect Donald Trump. The subject both leaders talked about was the institutional relationship, and they briefly mentioned the personal relationship they have had for years."

In another alleged incident, Andy Wigmore, a media consultant, told the Express that he recently witnessed Trump asking right-wing U.K. politician Nigel Farage to oppose offshore wind farms.

Trump has unsuccessfully fought against the wind farms in Scotland, where he owns two golf courses. Wigmore, who served as Farage's spokesman during the Leave EU campaign said: 

We covered a lot of ground during the hour-long meeting we had. But one thing Mr. Trump kept returning to was the issue of wind farms. He is a complete Anglophile and also absolutely adores Scotland which he thinks is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. But he is dismayed that his beloved Scotland has become overrun with ugly wind farms which he believes are a blight on the stunning landscape.

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It is clear that it is an issue he is very passionate about and not because he is against renewable energy or green technology but because he genuinely thinks wind farms are damaging Scotland’s bountiful natural beauty.

Article I in the U.S. Constitution states: "No person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state."

Sources: Talking Points Memo, Cornell University Law School, Express / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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