(CNN) – Welcome to what Donald Trump’s company says will one day become the next generation of luxury hospitality. This is the Lido lakes hotel. a resort that feels long past its prime.
This hotel feels a little scruffy and forlorn and yet Donald Trump and his Trump Hotels company have announced that they’re going to help turn this place into a new ultra-luxury 6-star resort. And here’s the thing, we’re currently in Indonesia. It’s the world’s most populous Muslim country.
This south-east Asian country is home to more than 200 million Muslims. Many of the Indonesians we talked to say they are offended by the things Donald Trump says about their faith and his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S, “I think Islam hates us. There is something, there is something there that is a tremendous hatred there. And we have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred.”
Yahya Staquf is a top official in an Indonesian religious group that claims to be the world’s largest Muslim organization.
This month, it organized an international conference of moderate Muslim leaders, to denounce violent Islamism extremism.
But the cleric warns that a ban on Muslims by a possible future president Trump would be disastrous, “That will be, well potentially dangerous. Because it will ignite misunderstandings through the Muslim world.
Trump has since softened his stance on the ban, “We have a serious problem, it’s a temporary ban, it hasn’t been called for yet, this is just a suggestion, until we find out what’s going on
Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. has raised questions at the highest levels of the Indonesian government, “How come he not allow the Muslim people to enter America while he has money in Indonesia, invest in Indonesia?”
Trump hotels says it is developing two luxury resorts in Indonesia, plans here at the Lido lakes hotel include a new 18-hole golf course now under construction, as well as a country club, wellness spa, high end villas and condominiums, but Trump’s company does not specify whether the new resort will include a mosque. Such as this one which exists at the current lido lakes hotel.
Despite some politicians calling for a Trump boycott, the Indonesian government says it won’t cancel his hotel deals here.
Donald Trump may not trust Muslims, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to make money in this majority Muslim country.