KUALA LUMPUR: TA Global Bhd chief executive officer Tiah Joo Kim had denied in engaging any business dealing with United States President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner over Trump International Hotel and Tower project in Vancouver, Canada.
"Neither TA Global Bhd nor Tiah has any interaction or business dealings with Jared whatsoever," the company said in a statement filed on Bursa Malaysia yesterday.
Tiah have however had business dealings with Trump’s adult children namely Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, who represented Trump Organisation.
"Ivanka Trump's involvement was specifically on interior design and Ivanka's interior design was utilised towards the development of Trump tower," it added.
The statement went on to say that Tiah have not been contacted by the United State's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in regards to investigations into their business dealings with Ivanka and her husband, Kushner.
It also stressed that the group’s business relationship with the Trump Organisation are only for brand licensing and hotel management for the development of Trump tower given the fact that the Trump tower was funded and jointly developed by TA Global and its Canadian based unit Holborn Group.
The brand licensing and hotel management agreements between Trump Organisation, Holborn Group and TA Global for the Trump tower were entered into in March 2013, prior to Trump's presidency which begun in 2017.
American news network CNN had reported on 2 March that the FBI was scrutinising the business dealings between Ivanka and Tiah over the negotiations and financing surrounding the 63-storey Trump tower.
The RM1.4 billion Trump Tower was developed by 37-year-old Tiah, who is also the son of tycoon Datuk Tony Tiah Thee Kian.
The FBI's scrutiny into Tiah came on the back of allegations that Kushner conspired in the Russian tampering of the 2016 United States presidential election that led to Trump's win.
Kushner is Trump’s senior adviser, while his wife and Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka is the President’s special advisor.
CNN said it is standard procedure for the FBI to probe foreign contacts and international business deals as part of a background check investigation for security clearances.