Report: Turkish government may be trying to leverage President-elect Trump by arresting his business partner

It seems those potential conflicts of interest from Donald Trump's business ties are already causing problems.

A new investigative report from Newsweek alleges Turkey's government is already leveraging Trump's business dealings in the country in exchange for something it wants very badly. And it all starts with the Trump Towers in Istanbul.

Trump himself didn't build these towers. Their developer, Dogan Holding, paid Trump's company millions of dollars to use the President-elect's name.

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At the end of 2015, Vladimir Putin lauded Trump's presidential campaign, calling him "an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it." 
In response to Putin's compliments Trump said: "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond."
Putin has called Trump a "very outstanding man" and "unquestionably talented."
When Russia continued its military buildup in Syria and Putin backed the country's President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Trump declared the Russian leader earned an "A" in leadership. 
Trump not only gave the Russian leader an "A," he also said Putin has been a better leader than US President Barack Obama. "He is really very much of a leader," Trump said of Putin. "The man has very strong control over his country. Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader." 
At a national security forum in September, Trump explained his friendly relationship with Putin saying: "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him." 
When asked about allegations that Putin orchestrated the deaths of his political opponents and journalists, Trump defended Putin: "I haven't seen any evidence that he killed anybody."
After Trump won the election November 8, Putin sent the president-elect a telegram congratulating him on his victory. 

According to Newsweek's report, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Trump to congratulate him on winning the presidential election, Trump praised one of Dogan Holding's senior executives by name.

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A few weeks later, a top executive from that company was arrested. The questionable charges allege that executive was involved in the attempted military coup that happened in Turkey in July.

Turkey believes an imam named Fethullah Gülen is the mastermind behind the attempted coup. Gülen is living in Pennsylvania, and Turkey has been trying to convince the U.S. to extradite him back to Turkey.

Newsweek's report says by detaining Trump's business associates, Erdoğan is essentially trying to blackmail him to get Gülen extradited.

Newsweek's report is based on an anonymous source who has contacts inside the Turkish government. It has not been verified by other news outlets. But if true, it highlights the fears that Trump's business dealings could affect his decisions as president. Trump has yet to comment on the report.

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