Trump's Scottish resort to expand, raising ethics concerns

July 25, 2018 - 5:25 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's company plans to construct more than 500 homes at one of his golf resorts in Britain, a major expansion that raises potential conflict-of-interest issues as the U.S. engages in trade talks with the country.

The Trump Organization says it has submitted plans to local Scottish officials for permission to spend nearly $200 million (150 million pounds) on an expansion that would include a residential community of 500 cottages and mansions to be called The Trump Estate. Ethics lawyers have said that any expansion requiring government approval at the property near Aberdeen raises the possibility his business could get special favors.

The Trump Organization says the expansion does not violate the president's pledge to shun new foreign deals while in office.

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