Trump loan to China due in the middle of his second term.

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Trump’s loan to China for the 1290 Avenue of the Americas is due in the middle of his second term.

Donald Trump reportedly owes tens of millions to the Bank of China

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President Donald Trump owes tens of millions to a state-owned Chinese bank, and the loan is due in what would be the middle of his second term should he win re-election, according to financial records obtained by Politico.

Trump has claimed that “China will own the United States” if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election, but the report reveals that the president will be on the hook for a large debt to the Bank of China in 2022.

That is the same bank that Trump linked to a $1.5 billion investment plan announced by Biden’s son Hunter in 2013, days after both Bidens traveled to China.

“Why did the Chinese government’s bank want to do business with Hunter Biden while his dad was Vice President,” the Trump campaign asked on Twitter earlier this month. His campaign also pushed the issue in a campaign ad.

Trump’s debt stems from his 30% ownership stake in a 43-story New York skyscraper at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, the documents show. Trump has bragged that he “got” the building from China in a “war.”

“I beat China all the time,” he said when he announced his presidential campaign in 2015. “I own a big chunk of the Bank of America building [in San Francisco] and 1290 Avenue of the Americas that I got from China in a war. Very valuable. I love China.”

But The New York Times reported in 2016 that Trump only owned 30% of both buildings. And Trump’s financial ties to the country do not end with his ownership stake in the building. Chinese state-owned companies are developing two luxury Trump buildings in Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. The president and his daughter, Ivanka, have also been granted numerous trademarks by the Chinese government since he took office. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has sought Chinese investment in at least one real estate deal.

“We actually explored all these foreign enterprises and how once he became president he’d be seen differently by foreign leaders who would have leverage over this president, because he had investments in their countries and/or financial dealings with business enterprises and financial institutions and investors in their countries,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who sits on the House Oversight Committee, told Politico. “He is highly conflicted with respect to China.”

Though Trump has denied any conflicts of interest, he has also refused to divest from his company. While Trump is considered a passive investor in the New York skyscraper, he is on the hook for tens of millions after the Vornado Realty Trust, the building’s primary owner, refinanced the building for $950 million in 2012. The debt included a $211 million loan from the Bank of China, the first loan of its kind in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal. Vornado’s federal filings show that it and Trump are still in debt to the bank, and the loan is due in 2022.

Government watchdogs said the report showed that Trump remains deeply conflicted because of his continued ownership of his company.

While Trump is talking about the former vice president’s son financial dealings, in Trump’s case, it is the president himself who has a company he still owns and profits from that has financial relationships with the countries that he is supposed to be negotiating with on behalf of the American people,” Robert Maguire of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told Politico. “There are definitely legitimate questions that are raised by Hunter Biden’s actions. They are not even in the same ballpark as the conflict of interest questions raised by President Trump’s continued relationship with his own company.”

The Trump campaign told the outlet that Trump’s debt to China is completely different from Hunter Biden’s dealings.

“There is an obvious difference between Donald Trump working as a successful businessman as a private citizen and Hunter Biden using his name to cash in with a $1.5 billion investment from a state-controlled Chinese bank while his father was vice president,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

George Mesires, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, rejected the allegation. He told the outlet that Biden’s business partners received $4.2 million from a group of investors in China in a private equity deal — not the $1.5 billion the investment firm said was its goal in the deal.

Mesires added that Biden did not conduct any business when he visited China with his father but did meet with a Chinese businessman later tapped to lead the investment venture. Biden did not participate in the deal until he acquired a 10% financial stake for $420,000. Biden announced he was stepping down from the investment firm last year.

Colin Kahl, a former aide to President Barack Obama and Joe Biden, said the newly revealed records show that Trump’s attacks on Biden are hypocritical.

The next time Trump breathes one word about Biden and China, remember this,” he tweeted. “Trump is up to his eyeballs in debt to the Bank of China…and the loan is due soon.”

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