Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims has prompted a major retailer to pull his items from store shelves. The Republican frontrunner caused intense anger by some and applause by others when he suggested not allowing Muslims into the country for national security reasons until U.S. leaders could get a better handle on the background check process.
The Dubai-based retailer Lifestyle has pulled all Donald Trump-branded items from store shelves. A statement from the company said it “values and respects sentiments from all its customers” when announcing the ban. Trump is developing a luxury golf course in Dubai. So far, calls to boycott the facility have not reportedly impacted the project.
GOP leaders have condemned Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims. But what do GOP voters think? https://t.co/o4cl8gHCFn
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 9, 2015
Most, but not all, Republican presidential candidates have chastised Trump for stating he would ban Muslims from coming into the country on a short-term basis. The majority of GOP presidential hopefuls have voiced opposition to Barack Obama’s plan to allow up to 60,000 Syrian refugees into the United States. Trump’s poll numbers climbed even higher after the Paris terror attacks when he called for a stop to the refugee resettlement plans of the Obama administration.
The Lifestyle retailer operates nearly 200 stores around the Middle East and Africa. The stores had sold a series of Donald Trump home decor products. The real estate mogul-turned-presidential candidate has a line bath accessories, jewelry boxes, mirrors, and general home decor, MSN reports.
“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home decor range,” Lifestyle chief executive Sachin Mundhwa said in a media release on Wednesday.
The police in London say I’m right. Major article in Daily Mail. “We can’t wear uniform in our own cars.” https://t.co/xok4UTsXaN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Although the Dubai company that partnered with the multi-billionaire, DAMAC Properties, has not pulled out of the project, it has reportedly “distanced” itself from the Muslims ban comments. The Trump International Golf Course in Dubai is reportedly planning to include a mosque near the luxury estates on the property.
“We would like to stress that our agreement is with the Trump Organization as one of the premium golf course operators in the world,” DAMAC senior vice president Niall McLoughlin said in a release to the media.
Dubai real estate mogul Khalaf Al-Habtoor initially supported Trump but has now reversed his opinion on the presidential candidate, CNN notes.
“It was a shocking comment. These Muslims — they are investing billions and billions in the United States and creating jobs for the Americans. I think he damaged all his brand in all the Muslim countries… nobody will accept him,” Al-Habtoor said.
The Trump International Golf Course in Dubai will be a 7,205-yard, par 71 course located inside the 42 million-square-foot AKOYA by DAMAC master development, according to the project website. The luxury golf course in the Middle East was designed by Gil Hanse. The same architect was selected to redesign the “Blue Monster” course at Trump National in Doral, Miami.
The Trump golf course will also boast a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse that includes three upscale restaurants, a spa and wellness center, and four tennis courts, as well as overlook the ninth and 18th greens. The facility also includes a golf academy, pro shop, double-sided driving range, multiple putting greens, chipping area, and “luxury villas and mansions.”
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