During a speech at his New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida, Donald Trump gave a shout-out to his business partner in Dubai, just weeks before the real estate mogul will take office.
“Hussain and the whole family, the most beautiful people, from are here Dubai tonight. And they’re seeing it and they’re loving it,” Trump says in a video obtained by CNN and published on Monday.
Trump appears to be referring to Hussain Sajwani, a Dubai businessman who partnered with Trump to build the Trump International Course Dubai. Trump and Sajwani are currently building a second course set to open in Dubai in 2018.
The President-elect’s reference to an international business partner comes as Trump is under scrutiny for potential conflicts of interest. Trump has said he will leave his businesses but has resisted calls to completely divest. He announced on Twitter that he will leave his businesses to his two oldest sons, but Trump cancelled a press conference scheduled for mid-December at which he had planned to detail how he would separate himself from his businesses.