Several days ago, C-SPAN, the network most known for broadcasting floor speeches from Congress, started streaming from an unusual location: The lobby of Trump Tower in New York.
The building’s elevator bank, all marble and gold-accented, had suddenly become the place to be to glean some information about President-elect Donald Trump’s transition plans, to catch a glimpse of who Trump’s meeting. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator Trump has picked to be the next U.S. attorney general, was spotted there. So was Leslie Rutledge, the Arkansas attorney general who says she’s open to a job in the new administration. Even the city’s Naked Cowboy came through, wearing white underwear bearing the president-elect’s last name.
The Trump team has been vague in its public descriptions of the meetings inside the tower. That includes a meeting that occurred Tuesday, one week after Trump won the presidential election in a surprise upset, and was first reported by Thursday by The Economic Times in India. Trump met with three Indian businessmen who are building a luxury apartment complex under the Trump brand near Mumbai. A picture posted on Twitter shows the group smiling with their fists in a thumbs-up. A spokeswoman for Trump told The New York Times on Saturday it “was not a formal meeting of any kind,” but the gathering renews concern about the potential conflicts of interests Trump will bring into the White House. Kalpesh Mehta, one of the businessmen, has been quoted in Indian media discussing projects with Trump that are underway.