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During campaign, the Trump Organization reportedly tried to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow

During part of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump's company sought to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow, several people familiar with the proposal told The Washington Post.

Discussions were ramped up in September 2015, with an unidentified investor planning on building the project, using Trump's name under a licensing agreement. The lead negotiator for the Trump Organization was one of its vice presidents, Michael Cohen, and it's unclear how aware or involved Trump was, the Post said. Several people briefed on the plan told the Post that in an email to Cohen, a Russian-born real estate developer named Felix Sater hinted that he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say "great things" about Trump, and urged him to get Trump to Moscow.

The Trump Organization and investors signed a letter of intent, but because they did not have the land or proper permits, the project stalled and was dropped at the end of January 2016, before the start of the primaries, the Post reports. Read the entire report at The Washington Post.