Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's landlord is fighting United States government in court

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2017

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner staying in the Washington D.C. mansion of a South American billionaire who may have more interest in his tenants than just rent, according to a report.

The first daughter is renting a home from a foreign billionaire who is suing the USA government over a mine potentially worth billions of dollars, and it's spurring ethics questions. Luksic's company, Twin Metals Minnesota, filed suit in September to force renewal of its leases. Part of the project would sit on U.S. Forest Service land adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 1.1 million-acre tract of lakes and forest first protected by the government in 1926.

The owner of the home where the presidential-linked pair moved earlier this year is Tracy DC Real Estate Inc, a company controlled by Chilean mining and banking magnate Andronico Luskic, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Luksic unit, Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, sued the USA government in September in a Minnesota federal court over a preliminary move by the Interior Department to deny renewal of two key mineral leases. The Obama administration blocked Luksic's request to start mining the area due to environmental concerns. Luksic's family is reportedly the wealthiest in Chile with an industrial empire that is worth around $13.1 billion.

President Donald Trump could cancel the Obama administration's protections.

A Luksic rep tells the Journal that the couple is paying "absolute market value" for the mansion, which the Trump-Kushner family has used for entertaining Kushner's colleagues from the Trump administration - and as a backdrop for Ivanka's gauzy Instagrams of their power-family lifestyle.

And the rent check goes to ... a Chilean billionaire.

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