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A Chinese government-owned construction company was reportedly hired in early 2017 to work on a Trump Organization project

Though President Trump agreed that his family's business would not enter into any new deals with a foreign entity while he was in office, McClatchy reported Monday that the Trump Organization appears to have done exactly that:

Trump's partner, DAMAC Properties, awarded a $32-million contract to the Middle East subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering Corporation to build a six-lane road as part of the residential piece of the Trump World Golf Club Dubai project called Akoya Oxygen, according to news releases released by both companies. It is scheduled to open next year.

The companies' statements do not detail the exact timing of the contract except to note it was sometime in the first two months of 2017, just as Trump was inaugurated. [McClatchy]

A Trump Organization official insisted the infrastructure work and "hospitality developments" that the Chinese company is working on are "totally unrelated" to the Dubai golf course, to which the Trump Organization has licensed its brand and name. However, McClatchy noted that the promotional materials insinuate otherwise, showing the two projects "intricately tied together."

Read more about the deal at McClatchy.