Early this month, Donald Trump, a wealthy US American magnate and currently a Republican U.S. presidential candidate called for Muslims to be banned from traveling to the United States. The statement he made in an internal American political debate scene has caused uproar in America, especially at the White House and is widely repudiated by other U.S. politicians. Many believe that, with his words, he has letdown a society that values all citizens regardless of race, religion, color, or nationality.
The controversial comments linger in today’s media headlines… In his justification of why he made that statement, Trump said it was necessary to protect the U.S. from Muslim extremism; that is, “until the country representatives can figure out what the ‘hell’ is going on.”
Mr. Trump who is in the race to be the Republican nominee for president in the November election next year may find this comment cost him some votes.
Meanwhile, Trump’s anti-Muslim comments is about to cost him money as a major chain of department stores have decided to halt sales of his line of luxury developments and retail goods; storehouses are now pulling all Trump merchandise off their shelves.
“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the U.S. media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range,” said Landmark Group’s Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa, in an e-mail statement. Dubai-based retailer Landmark Group chose to suspend sales of Trump-branded home decor products until further notice.
However, one business partner is standing by his side: Dubai’s DAMAC Properties who is building two golf clubs, the Trump International Golf Club and Trump World Golf Club Dubai. The agreement with the Trump Organization stands, said DAMAC Properties senior vice president Niall McLoughlin, in a statement. The investment for the new project in Dubai for the ‘Trump World Golf Club, Dubai’ set within the 55 million sq. ft. Akoya Oxygen resort that gone in effect one year ago, Dec 2014, is still in the works.
No word has yet come from Trump’s other business partners in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but more business opportunities in the Middle East (like Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) may now not happen, as some of his associates have opted to pull their partnerships, as mentioned in a NBC News report. Trump has been actively expanding his footprint in recent years, in particular in the Gulf business hub of the Emirates, but many are now coming forward to make it clear that they are uneasy using the ‘Trump’ brand name.
Dubai’s Al Tayer group, one of Middle East’s biggest luxury retailer, that opened two showrooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in June of this year to sell “Trump Home by Dorya” (furniture made by a firm that licenses Trump’s name) made no comment on whether it would continue to sell his products after the “unfortunate” remark, as told in a statement to regional news site Arabian Business.