13 November 2018

Trump Organization has registered hundreds of domains

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Three weeks before Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination last year, the Trump Organization renewed licenses on hundreds of new domain names for business ventures at home and around the world—including, and reports citin Politico.

The re-registration of domain names continued after Trump’s inauguration, with hundreds of sites kept for potential new businesses in Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, China, India and Indonesia once he was already in the Oval Office. Three weeks before Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida, the Trump Organization renewed its licenses for and theMarALagoClub.Asia.

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Publicly available internet directory records analyzed by POLITICO from the domain registration database website show thousands of sites registered by the Trump Organization’s general counsel, with many for existing Trump businesses, including some that have since been shuttered, but many that instead direct to holding pages.

They appear to provide a road map for ventures the president’s company has been considering, though some are in places that are now trouble spots for his presidency: and were both renewed on June 29, 2016, while,,,, and were updated on Oct. 14, 2016.

Trump has always been ambitious to expand, and his interest in building a Trump Tower in Moscow dates back at least as far as a visit to the Russian capital in 1996, during which he said he’d like to build a replica of his signature Fifth Avenue skyscraper there. While registration for was renewed as recently as June 29, 2016, there do not appear to be any short-term plans to move forward on such a project, especially given that Trump is facing multiple investigations into whether his campaign colluded with the Kremlin ahead of the election. Currently,, like most of the domains registered by the Trump Organization that aren’t active businesses, goes to a standard GoDaddy landing page.

Some of the registration renewals are perplexing. The president’s company renewed 79 site name variations of Trump University first registered from 2007 to 2009, from, to, though Trump University had officially been shuttered in 2010 and was by last summer deep in the lawsuit that ultimately led to the president’s decision to settle for $25 million after being elected.

Trump’s company also renewed 59 other site names to potentially extend the Mar-a-Lago brand beyond Palm Beach, most first registered in 2012, from Chicago to Las Vegas to Panama and Toronto.

Since Trump’s election, membership fees have doubled to $200,000 annually at the original Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where the president flew to on Air Force One nearly every weekend during the early months of his presidency, often popping in to functions held there.

According to his personal financial disclosure filed this month, since he became president, Trump’s profits have spiked by millions of dollars at Mar-a-Lago and the Bedminster, N.J., golf course where he is spending most of his weekends in recent months.

Other sites renewed by the Trump Organization appear to reflect plans to leverage the personality that Trump marketed into a shocking self-propelled White House run, including, and, or for those looking for more permanence, and Alternatively, people might have been able sign up for, a site registered despite the president’s dislike of that New York tabloid-born nickname.

Then there are site names which, though registered in the same way as the others, may be defensive domain squatting to keep others from starting troublemaking websites, like,, and–the last registered all the way back in December 2005.

Old political sites like (registered Jan. 24, 2011) and (registered Sept. 15, 2010) have been annually renewed, while new ones have popped up, including (registered Sept. 2, 2014) and (registered March 26, 2015)—both months before he launched his campaign. There are many in the names of Trump’s children and grandchildren as well.

But a large chunk of the domain names registered by the Trump Organization over roughly the last 5 1/2 years are more than 900 that point the way to potential foreign ventures. Many relate to known projects, like his golf course in Scotland and his apartment development in Mumbai.

There are sites for 32 different Trump Tower ventures around the world, some of them built, and some of them not previously public, like, and, with apparent ambition for further expansion in both China and India.

Trump said during the transition that he was voluntarily turning over all management of his company to his two older sons, and they have said that they would not start any new overseas ventures while he is in the White House—but no proof has been provided that either is happening.

2017.07.04 / 10:36
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