Donald Trump’s real estate company leased their Manhattan office space to an Iranian bank that has severe ties with terrorist groups, which helped in developing Iran’s nuclear program. This move may also have violated American embargoes.
According to a report between 1998 and 2003 the Trump Organization had rented around 8,000 square feet of their office space to Bank Melli on the 44th floor of the GM Building in New York, a court document has shown.
And also during that time, the Iranian bank has been included under a comprehensive U.S. embargo against Iranian businesses. The Treasury Department had designated Bank Melli in 1999 as being under the authority of the Iranian government. Trump may have charged more than half a million dollars per year in rent, according to the report.
.S. officials have said Bank Melli was used to obtaining materials for Iran’s nuclear program and to send at least $100 million for terror attacks committed by Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
The Trump Organization’s dealings with the Iranian bank shed more light one Trump s wide-ranging business interests, which sometimes stand at odds with his blunt declarations on the campaign trail.
Trump with his hypocrite’s motives has deprecated Iran as a “big enemy,” blasted Hillary Clinton for not taking a harder line against the Iranian regime and charged that donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation amounted to evidence of corruption. His five-year period as Bank Melli’s landlord provides an example of the Trump Organization itself doing business with a government antagonistic enemy to the United States
“It’s a pretty hypocritical position to take,” said Richard Nephew, who served from 2013 to 2015 as principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the U.S. State Department and spent nearly a decade working on Iran sanctions in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. “It suggests that his principles are pretty flexible when it comes to him getting paid.”.
The Trump campaign has clearly declined to answer any questions about Bank Melli and his connections to it.