US presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslim non-citizens from entering the United States. But that stance does not seem to influence his desire to earn money from business opportunities in predominantly Muslim countries.
Among the mainly Muslim states where Trump has financial interests is Azerbaijan. Under a licensing deal in which his name is attached to a hotel & luxury apartment building in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, Trump earned $2.5 million in 2014, according to filings that he has made in connection with his presidential run.
Trump’s call to ban Muslim visitors has caused a backlash in some Muslim nations where he has investments. In Dubai, for example, a leading business publication, Arabianbusiness.com, has published a commentary urging Gulf-state investors to reevaluate their financial ties to Trump.
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Durna Safarova is a freelance reporter who covers Azerbaijan.