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Azerbaijan: Staying Mum on Trump’s Call for a Muslim Travel Ban

The Trump Hotel in Baku is not owned by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, but was constructed and is owned by a company called Garant Holding. The 33-floor Tower is situated in one of the central districts of Baku and features 72 ultra-luxury residences and 189 hotel rooms. (Photo: Trump Hotel Collection)

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.

Azerbaijan: Staying Mum on Trump’s Call for a Muslim Travel Ban

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