First daughter Ivanka Trump's DC home owned by Chilean mogul in mining fight with US government
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are living in a house owned by a Chilean mogul whose mining company sued the U.S. government in September, reports the Wall Street Journal.
President Trump's daughter and son-in-law, who is also one of his senior advisers, relocated to the 6,870-square-foot house in the Kalorama area of Washington, D.C. in January.
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According to the New York Times, the six-bedroom residence appears, based on city records, to have previously been owned by Dan K. Rapoport, a Latvian-born financier with ties to a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
However, the Journal says the home was purchased for $5.5 million late last year by a company traced to Chilean billionaire Andrónico Luksic.
One of the businesses in his holdings is Antofagasta PLC which owns a company called Twin Metals Minnesota LLC.
In September 2016, Twin Metals reportedly sued the U.S. government for refusing to automatically renew its mineral lease in a proposed mining project in Minnesota, notes Star Tribune.
Despite some questions about a potential conflict of interest between the Trumps and Luksic, Rodrigo Terré, a representative for the Chilean businessman, told the Journal that the rental arrangement was coincidental and in no way relates to the mining conflict.
Rob Walker, an ethics lawyer, has also indicated that there would likely be no issues if Ivanka Trump and her husband are paying fair market value for the property which a White House spokesperson says they are.