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Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple

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Pose Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. Photo: R27182818

A Chilean billionaire whose company is behind a mine opposed by treaty tribes is renting a million-dollar home to the daughter of President Donald Trump.

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both work at the White House. They are in a position to influence the administration's position on a mining development in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which falls within Ojibwe treaty territory in Minnesota, independent journalist Mary Annette Pember reported on Indian Country Media Network.

But the White House told The Wall Street Journal that the connection between the couple and mining magnate Andrónico Luksic is coincidence. He purchased the $5.5 million mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C., after the November election and agreed to rent it to Trump and Kushner for $15,500 a month, the paper reported.

“That’s a terrible investment,” Joshua Adler, who owns multiple properties in the wealthy neighborhood, told The Journal. He said the Trump-Kushner family is “getting use of a $5.5 million home for far less than it normally costs to have a home of that value.”

The Obama administration put a halt to the Twin Metals mine development in December, citing threats to the environment. Luksic's firm is suing the federal government in hopes of overturning the decision.

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Mary Annette Pember: Trump-Kushners Get Sweet DC Townhouse Deal From Mining Magnate (Indian Country Media Network 4/13)


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