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The company denies any wrongdoing, but it may be reluctant to provide investigators with new contracts to comb through. Eric Trump, who runs the company with his brother Donald Jr., last year denounced Democrats and media inquiries as one of the main reasons for the suspension of plans to open a new chain of ‘hotels.
Such surveys could also give negative publicity to the business as it seeks to grow.
A new set of partners could emerge now that Mr. Trump is no longer in the spotlight.
For the past four years, Bobby R. Burchfield, a Washington lawyer, has served as ethics counselor for the Trump Organization, reviewing contracts and potential partners. These exams made it difficult for some of them to pass, while others were deterred by being in the spotlight.
This surveillance will now relax, opening the way to new partners.
And with more than $ 300 million in debt to repay for the President has vouched for himself, there is an urgent need to find new contracts for the Trump Organization. In addition, a negative decision in the battle between the IRS, the US tax service, over an audit, could cost him more than 100 million dollars, according to information from the New York Times dating from September.
A country divided and the pandemic could hamper a possible rebound.
Some of Mr. Trump’s most profitable properties are in Democratic strongholds like New York and Chicago, where he remains extremely unpopular. And his golf club in Doral, Florida, which earns him the most, suffers big losses because many companies and organizations give up organizing their conferences there because of the divisive aspect of his character.
During his presidency, Mr. Trump has sought to fill the void, at least in part, through events organized at his properties by groups linked to him and the Republican Party. The Trump International Hotel near the White House is often teeming with the president’s allies.
It is unclear whether this clientele will continue to pour in, or if Mr. Trump’s critics will return to his properties once he steps down. It has also been a tough year for the hospitality industry due to the pandemic, as it has been for commercial real estate. Both sectors are central to Mr. Trump’s business portfolio.
Surveys could also lead to negative publicity as the business seeks to grow.
A new stream of business partners could emerge with Mr. Trump out of the limelight.
For the past four years, Bobby R. Burchfield, a Washington lawyer, has served as the Trump Organization’s ethics counselor, reviewing potential deals and business partners. The exams made it difficult for some to pass the rally, while others were frightened by the public’s attention.
This review will now disappear, opening up a pipeline of new partners.
And with more than $ 300 million in outstanding debt that the president has personally guaranteed, it may be urgent for the Trump organization to strike new deals. Additionally, an unfavorable ruling in an audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service could cost it more than $ 100 million, The Times reported in September.
A polarized country and the pandemic could hamper a rebound.
Some of Mr. Trump’s most lucrative properties are in Democratic strongholds like New York and Chicago, where he remains deeply unpopular. And its biggest revenue generator, its Doral Florida golf resort, has suffered from declining conference revenue as some large companies and organizations have been left out due to its divisions.
As president, Mr. Trump has attempted to fill the void, at least in part, through events booked at his properties by groups linked to him and to Republican politics. The Trump International Hotel near the White House was often teeming with partisan allies.
It is not known whether this favoritism will continue or whether Mr. Trump’s critics will return to his properties once he leaves office. Additionally, this year has been a difficult year for the hospitality industry due to the pandemic, and headwinds have hit commercial real estate as well. Both are at the heart of Mr. Trump’s business portfolio.
There may be another presidential act for Mr. Trump or his children.
Recently, Mr. Trump privately raised the idea of running again in 2024. And the possibility of another Trump presidential election could have a chilling effect on his business in the intervening years, at least in countries like China, where a thicket of ethical and legal conflicts could arise.
The president may not be the last Trump to run for office either.
Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump could have future political aspirations, which could put the brakes on some growth plans. The risks are the greatest at the international level, where the risks of conflicts of interest are numerous.
Maybe no one wants the election to end more than the vote counters themselves.
With tens of thousands of ballots to count and the world awaiting a final result, counters in several key states, wearing masks and gloves, were expected to continue counting votes next week, risking their own safety as coronavirus cases in the United States have reached record levels.
In West Chester, Pa., Election workers unseal ballots under fluorescent lights and hand feed them into high-speed scanners, in a video seen on KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
They have had the weekend off and will continue to count the ballots in a college gymnasium on Monday morning.
At the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, a livestream showed poll counters dressed in reflective yellow and orange jackets, sitting at opposite ends of the ballot tabulation tables throughout the week.
Phil Armstrong, the Lehigh County executive, said workers were exhausted, in an interview with The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.
“I don’t know how anyone could have done this process both quickly and carefully,” Armstrong told the newspaper. “It’s just a very tedious process.”
Joseph R. Biden Jr. gained ground in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia on Thursday, as the slow vote count in those contested battlefield states brought him closer to capturing an electoral majority and the defeat of President Trump.
As an anxious country waited to know the winner, the two candidates emerged towards the end of the day to make remarks drastically different in tone and content.
During a brief appearance to reporters in Wilmington, Del., Mr Biden said he remained convinced he would win in the end, but did not claim the White House.
“Democracy can be messy at times,” said Biden, who held the lead in Arizona Thursday night but lost ground there. “It also sometimes takes a little patience. But this patience has now been rewarded for more than 240 years with a system of governance that is the envy of the world.
He called for calm and stressed that “every ballot must be counted”.
Hours later, during a stunning appearance in the White House briefing room, Mr. Trump lied about the counting underway in several states, citing a conspiracy of “legal” and “illegal” ballots being tabulated and claiming without proof that states were trying to deny him his re-election.
“They’re trying to steal an election, they’re trying to rig an election,” the president said from the White House briefing room. He also suggested unfounded bad behavior in Philadelphia and Detroit, cities he called “two of the most corrupt political places.”
Mr. Trump’s remarks, mostly read from the notes, were at times more empowering than provocative. Far from insisting he would stay in power, he used much of his appearance to complain about pre-election polls, demonize the news media and try to put the best face on the results. Tuesday, touting his party’s Congressional gains. He did not answer journalists’ questions.
For all of his complaints, Mr. Trump has only himself and his own party to blame for the delayed vote count in a number of states.
State and local Republican authorities have refused to let localities count postal votes until Tuesday in some states. And because of Mr. Trump’s months-long attacks on mail-in ballots, more Democrats than Republicans voted this way, allowing Mr. Biden to garner the bulk of the votes by mail.
In his speech, Mr. Trump expressed no concerns about the extended vote count in Arizona, a state where he cut Mr. Biden ahead of time as more ballots were compiled.
Republican leaders offered no immediate response to Mr. Trump’s remarks, but a small group of maverick party lawmakers denounced his comments, seeking to reassure voters that there was no reason to believe the integrity of the election had been compromised.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois and frequent critic of Mr. Trump, offered the sharpest rebuke, saying “this is getting insane” and demanding that the president stop “spreading debunked false information.”
Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey and adviser to Mr. Trump, told ABC that “we haven’t heard of any evidence today,” adding the president’s actions: “Anything he in fact, it is ignited without informing.
Yet there were also Republican lawmakers who rushed to Mr. Trump’s defense, siding with him in mistakenly claiming that the count was illegal and that Democrats were trying to cheat.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, called Mr. Trump’s allegations that ballots were mismanaged in Pennsylvania “shocking” and told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that ‘he planned to donate $ 500,000 to the president’s legal defense. funds.
“They’re just trying to get a result – damn the law, damn the result,” Graham said of Democrats.
As the world watched to see if one of the most unusual presidencies in the country’s history came to an end, the patchwork of U.S. election laws created a confusing and agonizing day for both parties, not to mention millions of people. Americans eager to end the campaign.
Mr Biden’s advantage in Arizona, a state the Associated Press has previously called for naming the former vice president, narrowed as thousands of votes were compiled. But in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump saw his first advantage dwindle as the postal ballots were counted.
Until Mr Trump’s remarks Thursday night, he had not appeared in public since he used an appearance in the middle of the night on Wednesday to insist he had already won. But he did post angry Twitter messages, and he continued to do so on Thursday.
“All of the states recently claimed by Biden will be legally challenged by us for voter fraud and state voter fraud,” he said in a post, without specifying exactly what that would imply. “STOP THE ACCOUNT!” he exclaimed in another tweet.
Chasing the president, Twitter called some of the posts “contested” and said they “could be misleading about an election or other civic process.”
In any event, stopping the tally now would only ensure Mr. Biden wins the presidency, as he leads Arizona and Nevada – states that together would give him 270 electoral votes.
The presidential contest was not the only close race to garner attention. A key Georgian Senate race that could decide the house majority has drawn even closer as Senator David Perdue, a Republican, saw his share of the vote drop by less than 50% in his race against Jon Ossoff, a democrat. If neither wins a majority, the race would head to a second round in January, opening up the prospect of a hotly contested battle for two Senate seats in Georgia. A second round is already planned during the special election for the other seat of the state.
On Thursday, an array of Mr. Trump’s political surrogates were deployed to some of the contested states to rally his supporters. And lawyers for the president have filed lawsuits in several states to question the integrity of the vote count in hopes of slowing the process.
He suffered two legal setbacks Thursday when judges in Georgia and Michigan ruled against his campaign. But Mr Trump snagged a small victory in Pennsylvania when a state appeals court granted his demand to force Philadelphia election officials to grant his election observers better access to areas where workers strip workers. bulletins.
With the tally moving slowly in the West, much of Thursday’s attention fell on Pennsylvania, where a victory would give Mr. Biden the presidency, regardless of the outcome in the other states. The state’s senior electoral official said Thursday evening that counties “still count” and offered no timeline for the count.
Mr. Trump’s lead in the state, roughly 26,000 votes at 10:50 p.m. EST, was diminishing as postal ballots were counted in heavily democratic towns and suburbs.
Both parties held dueling press conferences in Philadelphia earlier in the day, with supporters of Mr. Trump insisting his leadership would be maintained statewide and the city’s Democrats, led by the former depicting Robert A. Brady, unveiling an analysis of the remaining vote count that concluded Mr. Biden would win Pennsylvania convincingly.
In Georgia, the counting of ballots in many counties continued to erode Mr. Trump’s advantage in the traditionally Republican state: Thursday night he led with about 1,800 votes out of nearly five million votes.
Tens of thousands of ballots remained to be counted in the state at the end of the day, many in Chatham County, a Democratic-leaning county along the Georgia coast that is home to Savannah, and thousands more in counties in the Atlanta area that are also skinny Democratic.
The Georgia Republican Party has announced plans to bring up to a dozen lawsuits in the state.
In Arizona, Mr. Biden’s lead was reduced to about 46,000 votes, far less than on election night. There are over two hundred thousand ballots left to count, many of which are from Maricopa County in Phoenix.
Maricopa officials said they would release another report on Friday morning.
“We’re plugging in and making it happen,” said Adrian Fontes, the Democrat who oversees the county elections.
The vote count in Maricopa has, however, become strained since several armed protesters showed up at the county office on Wednesday evening. On Thursday afternoon, about 200 Mr. Trump’s supporters also gathered outside the Arizona Republican Party headquarters after a protest earlier in the day involving some 50 dissipated Trump supporters outside Phoenix City Hall.
Some in the crowd held up “Don’t Steal Elections”, “Shame on Fox News” and “Recall Fontes” signs. (Fox News called Arizona for Mr. Biden on Tuesday night, inflaming Trump supporters.)
Mr Biden led by just over 11,000 votes in Nevada, but local Las Vegas officials said Thursday that 51,000 Clark County ballots were counted and would be announced on Friday. Mr. Biden was winning the county by about eight percentage points. If he wins the bulk of the new votes, it would be nearly impossible for Mr. Trump to take over the state, as around 70% of Nevada voters live in Clark County.
As part of efforts to cast doubt on the state’s election, Mr. Trump’s Nevada state director on Thursday sent supporters a letter asking them to “get on camera / on file with the problems they faced when voting this election “to” outline the problems we see in polling stations / clerks. “
For its part, both publicly and privately, the Biden campaign spent much of Thursday trying to squeeze expectations about the certainty of results in individual states, even as his supporters were at their wit’s end when the margins turned out. much closer than many had expected.
In a briefing with reporters, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Mr Biden’s campaign manager, acknowledged that his tracks in Arizona and Nevada could tighten or fluctuate in some other way. It was a departure from her position the day before when she spoke of a “historic victory in a place like Arizona”, although she always expressed optimism about wins in both states.
“We expect, as in Nevada, that part of the margin will continue to close today,” she said of Arizona, a state she has been focusing on for months. “The Arizona story is one that Joe Biden is going to win in, but it’s going to take our time and patience as we count down.”
“Today’s story,” she said at another point, “is going to be a very positive story for the vice president, but also a story where people are going to have to be patient and be calm.
Reporting was provided by Catie Edmondson in Washington, Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia, Richard Fausset in Atlanta and Jennifer Medina and Simon Romero in Phoenix.