Did Trump Ask Argentine President For Building Permits?

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An Argentinian journalist claims President-elect Trump called Argentine President Maricio Macri to push his personal business agenda. Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join

"In a phone call with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, President-elect Donald Trump asked for help with permits for an office tower that bears his name, an Argentine journalist alleged Sunday. Spokespeople for Macri and Trump subsequently denied that allegation on Monday. But the episode raises further questions about how the incoming U.S. president will separate his business interests and his new political powers — if at all.

During his show “Periodismo Para Todos,” journalist Jorge Lanata said Sunday that Trump raised the permit issues during a congratulatory call with Macri.

“This still hasn’t emerged, but Trump asked for [Macri] to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires,” Lanata said. “It wasn’t just a geopolitical chat.”

Argentine newspaper La Nación’s report of Lanata’s comments was first flagged in the U.S. press by political news site Talking Points Memo.

Jason Miller, a spokesperson for Trump, vehemently denied Lanata’s report: “Not true. Argentina’s president said not true also.”

A spokesman for Macri did also deny the allegation.

“That issue was not part of the conversation between president Mauricio Macri and President-elect Donald Trump,” Argentinian embassy spokesman Iván Pavlovsky told The Huffington Post. “The subject both leaders talked about was the institutional relationship, and they briefly mentioned the personal relationship they have had for years.” (Macri’s father, Franco, was a construction magnate and worked with Trump in New York in the 1980s.)

Macri, however, told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on Monday that Trump’s daughter (presumably Ivanka) was also on his congratulatory call.

“I have known her since her infant days,” he said.

The claim that Trump asked for help moving forward with the tower deal first arose during Lanata’s opening monologue, which was peppered with one-liners, leading some to suspect that it was intended as a joke.”*

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/president-elect-trump-argentinian-president_us_58332bb1e4b030997bc087da

Hosts: Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure, Jimmy Dore
Cast: Ben Mankiewicz, Michael Shure, Jimmy Dore

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