NEW DELHI — After days of controversy over Donald Trump Jr.’s apparent mixing of his family’s private business interests and American foreign policy during his trip this week to India, Mr. Trump and his hosts have signaled a change of direction.
The original title of his planned 15-minute speech Friday evening was “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation,” signaling that at least part of it would address American foreign policy and the relationship with India.
Instead, Mr. Trump will now participate in a “fireside chat” on an unspecified topic with an unspecified interviewer, according to the revised online agenda of the conference, which is hosted by India’s leading business newspaper, The Economic Times. The audience will be 2,000 members of India’s business and political elite, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other scheduled speakers include executives from Netflix and Uber.
Officially here on a business trip to promote the Trump Organization’s real estate projects in India, Mr. Trump has also held a series of private meetings with some of India’s top corporate leaders as well as political allies of Mr. Modi.
Ethicists have raised concerns about the possible mixing of Trump family business interests with the policies of President Trump. Although the president has turned over management of the business to Donald Trump Jr. and another son, Eric Trump, he still holds a huge financial interest in the company’s projects around the world.