Trump's bid for Sydney casino 30 years ago rejected due to 'mafia connections’

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A bid by Donald Trump to build Sydney’s first casino was rejected 30 years ago after police expressed concerns about his links to the mafia.

News Corp revealed on Wednesday morning minutes of the New South Wales cabinet that show police had warned the state government against approving a 1986-87 bid by a Trump consortium to build and operate a casino in Darling Harbour.
The documents, obtained by News Corp, show the Kern/Trump group was one of three deemed “dangerous” by the police board. “Briefly stated, the Police Board considers that HKMS, Federal/Resorts/Sabemo, Kern/Trump, are unacceptable,” the summary of the police report said.

“Atlantic City would be a dubious model for Sydney and in our judgment, the Trump mafia connections should exclude the Kern/Trump consortium,” a summary of the police board’s report said.

The cabinet papers also show there were doubts about the viability of the Kern/Trump bid. A report prepared by the independent contractor, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, found the Kern/Trump bid was one of two that were “not financially viable”.
Trump's bid for Sydney casino 30 years ago rejected due to 'mafia connections’

I really don't want to hear excuses about Trump having to work with the Mafia. I'll bet you there are successful real estate developers from NYC who would have been approved for this.

Oh and this is another example of how successful he was - NOT! Read that last sentence I quoted from the article.
 
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One must be of the utmost integrity to own such an operation in my country. Licensees are heavily scrutinised prior to being issued with a permit to allow gambling on their premises.
 
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When I was in college the Trump Corp had internships with the civil engineering students. Those that interned over the summer said the mafia was always around. It was well known about the mob ties back in the 80s. He used to even discuss it publicly.
 
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You people just don't understand how good of a businessman you have to be to work with the mob and not pay contractors.

Business 101, folks... C'mon!

/Trumpologist
 
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When I was in college the Trump Corp had internships with the civil engineering students. Those that interned over the summer said the mafia was always around. It was well known about the mob ties back in the 80s. He used to even discuss it publicly.
I thought you were going to say he stiffed the students!
 

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When I was in college the Trump Corp had internships with the civil engineering students. Those that interned over the summer said the mafia was always around. It was well known about the mob ties back in the 80s. He used to even discuss it publicly.

In the 80's, many had connections with the Mafia, whether it was indirectly or directly. The company my Dad worked had ties with the Mafia and he knew quite a few Mafia associates. His company was in the transportation industry and he used to hang out on Saturdays at the same bar that Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from. When I was younger, he would take me with him and kinda of grew up around them. I attended a few of their funerals over the years. The owner of the company branched out later in commercial real estate and was an investor for several office complexes in the Detroit area with the Mafia. I worked as a receptionist and file clerk at his company while in HS and college summers part time and I remember those guys in and out of the office all the time. I remember when one of them gave my Dad a solid gold pocket watch for something he did for them. People did not view them back then like they do now. Business ethics was not the same back then when compared to now.
 
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In the 80's, many had connections with the Mafia, whether it was indirectly or directly. The company my Dad worked had ties with the Mafia and he knew quite a few Mafia associates. His company was in the transportation industry and he used to hang out on Saturdays at the same bar that Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from. When I was younger, he would take me with him and kinda of grew up around them. I attended a few of their funerals over the years. The owner of the company branched out later in commercial real estate and was an investor for several office complexes in the Detroit area with the Mafia. I worked as a receptionist and file clerk at his company while in HS and college summers part time and I remember those guys in and out of the office all the time. I remember when one of them gave my Dad a solid gold pocket watch for something he did for them. People did not view them back then like they do now. Business ethics was not the same back then when compared to now.
True, one of the towns I lived in used to say "this is the town the mafia built." That would seem awful today. lol
 
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