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Four Corners: The Company He Keeps: Unearthing Trump's Business Deals On Our Doorstep
The Company He Keeps: Unearthing Trump's Business Deals On Our Doorstep
ABC  |  July 3, 2017
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It was one of the more bizarre moments of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. At a press conference at Trump Tower in New York to declare his loyalty to the Republican Party, Donald Trump was flanked by guests from Indonesia, and made a big show of announcing one very special guest. It was unclear why the Indonesians were there, or why Trump was making such a fuss of them.

Now a Four Corners investigation will reveal how Trump, as he was closing in on his political rivals, was negotiating luxury resort deals in Bali and Java, raising serious questions about presidential conflicts of interest.

In Bali, plans are under way to Trumpify one of the most iconic and sacred sites in Bali - Tanah Lot. But curiously, for a tourist destination usually keen to talk up what the island paradise has to offer, government officials are not keen to talk about the proposed Trump Tower development. In a second development on Java, the deal to build a massive gaudy theme park and resort development has been inked, leaving local farmers frightened of what the future holds.

Four Corners investigates how these deals were done through an unholy alliance formed between Trump and controversial business and political figures in Indonesia. Trump's business partners have a troubling history with ties to the corrupt Suharto regime. While at home in the US, Trump rails against Islamic extremism. In Indonesia, he has formed political alliances with politicians aligned with Islamist forces.

It was one of the more bizarre moments of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. At a press conference at Trump Tower in New York to declare his loyalty to the Republican Party, Donald Trump was flanked by guests from Indonesia, and made a big show of announcing one very special guest. It was unclear why the Indonesians were there, or why Trump was making such a fuss of them.

Now a Four Corners investigation will reveal how Trump, as he was closing in on his political rivals, was negotiating luxury resort deals in Bali and Java, raising serious questions about presidential conflicts of interest.

In Bali, plans are under way to Trumpify one of the most iconic and sacred sites in Bali - Tanah Lot. But curiously, for a tourist destination usually keen to talk up what the island paradise has to offer, government officials are not keen to talk about the proposed Trump Tower development. In a second development on Java, the deal to build a massive gaudy theme park and resort development has been inked, leaving local farmers frightened of what the future holds.

Four Corners investigates how these deals were done through an unholy alliance formed between Trump and controversial business and political figures in Indonesia. Trump's business partners have a troubling history with ties to the corrupt Suharto regime. While at home in the US, Trump rails against Islamic extremism. In Indonesia, he has formed political alliances with politicians aligned with Islamist forces.

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