Donald Trump’s international business dealings have come under much scrutiny, even before he became president. Now, a new trademark deal in Macau has raised questions over whether Trump is snapping up gaming licenses while in office.
As first reported by the South China Morning Post, DTTM Operations LLC, a Delaware-based company affiliated with the president, filed four trademark applications in Macau under the Trump name. One of these applications was for “gambling and casino services and facilities,” provoking speculation that Trump is moving to capitalize on what is considered an international casino hub.
While Trump was previously known for commandeering the casinos of Atlantic City in the early 1990s, his grasp on the gaming world has loosened through a series of bankruptcies and legal battles. In February 2016, the Trump Organization sold its stake in Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operated the Atlantic City casinos. The Trump Taj Mahal, once a symbol of Trump’s gambling empire in New Jersey, was bought out by Hard Rock International earlier this year and will be converted into a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.