Episode 4: Examining Trump's Batumi Deal
The second in a three-part series that examines real estate and offshore financial activities connected with the post-Soviet region.
In 2011, Donald Trump and Georgia’s then president, Mikheil Saakashvili, signed an agreement to build a Trump Tower in the Georgian port city, Batumi. Saakashvili exerted considerable effort to promote the tower, bringing Trump to Georgia in 2012 for a PR tour and lavish ceremony. But when Trump was elected president in 2016, the tower still hadn’t been built. Then, shortly before his inauguration, Trump abruptly pulled out of the deal.
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