Trump Towers Istanbul
Trump Towers Istanbul are two conjoined towers in Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey. One of the towers is an office tower, and the other a residential tower, consisting of over 200 residences. The complex also holds a shopping mall with some 80 shops and a multiplex cinema. They are the first Trump Towers built in Europe. The property developer is Turkish billionaire Aydın Doğan, in a license-partnership with American businessman Donald Trump. His daughter Ivanka Trump attended the April 2012 launch with Erdoğan. Many businesses based in Europe and the Middle East occupy the complex.
|Trump Towers Istanbul|
|Location||Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Roof||155 m (509 ft) and 145 m (476 ft)|
|Floor count||39 and 37|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Brigitte Weber Architectural Office|
The residential tower includes the only collective wine cellar in Turkey, the cellar being built by Focus Wine Cellars.
Trump name controversyEdit
The Turkish owner of Trump Towers Istanbul, who pays Trump for the use of his name, was reported in December 2015 to be exploring legal means to dissociate the property after the candidate's call to "temporarily bar Muslims from specific countries from entering the U.S."
In June 2016, Turkish President Erdoğan called for the removal of the Trump name from the towers, saying "Trump has no tolerance for Muslims living in the US. And on top of that they used a brand in Istanbul with his name. The ones who put that brand on their building should immediately remove it."
In December 2015, Trump stated in a radio interview that he had a "conflict of interest" in dealing with Turkey because of his property, saying "I have a little conflict of interest, because I have a major, major building in Istanbul ... It’s called Trump Towers. Two towers, instead of one. Not the usual one, it’s two. And I’ve gotten to know Turkey very well."
In August 2018, Aytun Ciray, general secretary of the Iyi Party, a major opposition party in Turkey, called on the government of President Erdoğan to "seize the Trump Towers” in protest the Trump Administration's declaration of sanctions on Turkey's ministers of justice and the interior.
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- (in Turkish and English) Official website
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