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The president of the United States holds a trademark in Jordan for a Donald Trump casino, despite the fact that gambling is illegal in the kingdom.To keep the trademarks active, the Trump Organization would need to reapply for them during Trump's four-year term, raising potential ethical concerns for his company in Jordan, a stalwart U.S. ally in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) and a mediator in relations between Israel and the Palestinians.Jordan's government acknowledged the trademarks, but that doesn't mean gambling is in Jordan's future.Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush, said the casino trademark raised new concerns about the Trump Organization's international entanglements. He is part of a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments. The trademarks expire in February 2019, about halfway through Trump's term in the White House.Trump once owned three Atlantic City casinos, but the businesses nearly destroyed him financially.It's unclear whether Trump knew the controversy surrounding the casino proposal when his company sought the trademark a year later.
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