The People’s Republic of China has granted the approval of 38 new trademarks for the Trump brand, including massage parlors, hotels and escort services.
The trademarks were applied for last year, during the presidential campaign in April. At that point in the year, Donald Trump was well on his way to winning the Republican Party’s nomination for president. He secured his nomination in May of 2016.
The trademark approvals came in an unusually fast manner, the Hill reports. They will go into effect in 90 days, so long as no one makes a formal objection to them.
They include trademarks for “spas, massage parlors, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real-estate companies, retail shops, restaurants, bars, and private bodyguard and escort services,” according to Business Insider.
Spring Chang, a lawyer with the organization that represents the Trump name in China, objected to any concerns of favoritism with regards to the speedy approvals.
“I don’t see any special treatment to the cases of my clients so far,” she said. The approval process has been “very fair and the examination standard is very equal for every applicant,” she added.
There are additional concerns with the business deal, namely how much they will benefit President Trump himself. In January, Trump announced he was moving his assets into a “blind trust” his children would manage, a move that most economic experts agree doesn’t qualify as a blind trust at all.
Trump has refused to divest any of his assets, meaning as president he will benefit directly from any positive outcomes that come about from businesses that are still in his name.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.