U.S. senator probes if embassy officials helped Trump Jr. on speech for India trip

U.S. senator probes if embassy officials helped Trump Jr. on speech for India trip


By:  Annie Gowen
Washington Post

 

NEW DELHI — In response to a query by a U.S. senator, the embassy in New Delhi said Thursday that its staff did not advise or assist Donald Trump Jr. on a foreign policy address he is set to give Friday while on a private business trip to India.

“I am concerned that Mr. Trump’s speech will send the mistaken message that he is speaking on behalf of the president, the administration or the United States government, not as a private individual, or that he is communicating official American policy,” Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote.

 “Given the potential to confuse Mr. Trump’s private business visit with having an official governmental purpose, I write to ensure that the U.S. Embassy presence in India will have no role in supporting Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization during his time in India, other than that necessary to provide any security support for the U.S. Secret Service,” Menendez wrote.

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