Donald Trump's image and name have been removed from a $6 billion-dollar golf course and housing development in Dubai, suggesting that the company behind the project is trying to disassociate from the controversial businessman and presidential candidate.
Photos from Reuters show broken pieces of signage scattered on the ground just outside the Akoya by Damac development in Dubai. Trump had a long-time deal with Damac Properties for his name and likeness to be put on the housing project and two golf courses in Dubai.
Reuters says signage that advertised the Trump International Golf Club was taken down, as was Trump signage placed along the stone wall entrance to the property, and an image of the Republican presidential candidate playing golf. An image of his daughter Ivanka was also gone.
All that remained was a sign that reads, “The Beverly Hills of Dubai.” Trump's name was still intact on another part of the property which was being guarded by security.
The removal of the Trump branding suggests Damac is trying to disassociate from Trump. Reuters reports that Damac Properties refused to comment on the incident.
The change comes days after Trump's inflammatory comments about banning Muslims from entering the United States from other countries. His comments have angered the Muslim community.
Several days ago, Damac released a statement commenting on Trump's call for a ban on Muslims. The statement said that the company “would not comment further on Mr. Trump’s personal or political agenda, nor comment on the internal American political debate scene.”
Meanwhile, back in the States, prominent Muslims have spoken out against the Donald.
Boxing legend and friend of Trump, Mohammad Ali, released a statement this week referencing Trump's comments.
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“We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” Ali's statement reads. “They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.”
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is also Muslim, wrote an op-ed piece in Time comparing Trump to ISIS.
If violence can be an abstraction — and it can; that’s what a threat is — the Trump campaign meets this definition. Thus, Trump is ISIS’s greatest triumph: the perfect Manchurian Candidate who, instead of offering specific and realistic policies, preys on the fears of the public, doing ISIS’s job for them. Even fellow Republican Jeb Bush acknowledged Trump’s goal is “to manipulate people’s angst and fears.”
Trump, meanwhile, continues to lead the Republican field in Florida, according to the latest polls.