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'Turkish Trump' Will Not Build Trump Hotel In Dallas

| by Kathryn Schroeder

There will not be a new Trump-brand hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Developer Mukemmel "Mike" Sarimsakci, who refers to himself as the "Turkish Trump," has been promoting bringing the Trump Organization's new Scion line of luxury hotels to a location near Dallas City Hall. In an announcement to city hall members, he said that the deal is dead and he will be working with another hotel company, council member Philip Kingston told The Dallas Morning News.

Kingston and fellow council member Adam Medrano were told the news by Sarimsakci on April 11, who said it was because of public opposition.

"It is very common in the hospitality business that some projects do not come to fruition,'' a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said about the Scion deal. “That is why we prefer to be sure that all potential deals are appropriately vetted and completely negotiated before any announcement.”

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There were protests in March against the hotel at its planned site and at city hall, and more than 1,000 people signed a "No to Scion" petition. The petition was delivered to the office of Mayor Mike Rawlings.

“We’re pleased this project is not going forward,’’ Joanna Cattanach, organizer of the protest effort against the hotel, said.

Larry Hamilton, who owns the land where the Scion hotel would have gone, said that Sarimsakci still has a contract to purchase the property.

Sarimsakci had previously tried to build a Scion hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, but abandoned his plan after residents protested the $20 million tax break the city was considering for the project.

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Before taking office on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump resigned from the Trump Organization and more than 400 affiliated entities, according to NBC News. A statement from a Trump Organization spokesperson who asked to not be identified said that Trump had transferred title, management and authority of the companies to a trust that will be managed by his sons Don and Eric Trump and Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization.

While Trump may have resigned from his namesake organization, he has not divested his ownership in the businesses, according to The Dallas Morning News. Ethics experts and legal scholars say this makes him vulnerable to influences, especially foreign interests that could compromise policymaking.

The Trump Organization says that it has backed away from new foreign ventures and is only working on continuing with existing projects, such as a golf course in Scotland.

Sources: The Dallas Morning News, NBC News / Photo credit: Alterra International via The Dallas Morning News

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