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Souvenir seller Roger Sewani profits off his proximity to the President at Trump Tower – Donald Trump’s America



Updated

January 12, 2019 11:35:28

Roger Sewani moved from Mumbai to New York 35 years ago to pursue the American dream.

Key points:

  • Mr. Sewani says most of his business in his Trump Tower store come from foreign tourists
  • Customers threatened boycotts in his other New York stores when he tried to sell souvenirs there Trump
  • He claims to have met Mr. Trump many times, and the president once agreed to reduce his rent slightly

Things seem to have gone well: now he owns 25 shops and newspaper stalls.

But one in Manhattan is more profitable than everyone else, a small outlet hidden near the baths at the base of Trump Tower.

In this shop, many magazines and newspapers are out.

And a wide variety of "affordable" Trump themed souvenirs are playing cards, chocolate bars, key rings, hats, dolls and even Christmas baubles.

"They're so popular, it's most of what we sell now," Sewani said.

"The election of Donald Trump was absolutely brilliant for business."

Not all stores are made equal

The store has a steady stream of customers with foreign accents. It is certainly more popular than the more expensive Trump official campaign nearby.

The buyers seem to be mostly curious tourists who stop on their return from the bathroom, rather than Trump's faithful faithful who have made a special pilgrimage.

"Not everyone likes Trump," admitted Sewani. But they could still buy a Melania mug or a MAGA hat [Make America Great Again] to take home.

"Trump Tower is the number one place to buy."

In fact, his efforts to sell Trump-themed items in his other New York stores apparently did not go down particularly well.

Customers have challenged and threatened the boycott when they entered to take a sheet. Even a couple of building managers were not happy.

So, his other two stores only sell a more standard range of products – lottery tickets, lollies, I love NY T-shirts, carrying bags, miniature yellow taxis and Keychain Statues of Liberty.

Although Mr. Sewani argued that the protests were a sign that America "is not really a free country", does not seem to worry it too much.

He said that he and his family "love Donald Trump". They met him many times, once after a campaign to get a better deal on the rental of the Trump Tower

For what it's worth, the president agreed to reduce it slightly.

The souvenir seller hopes that Trump will make him a diplomat

Like his political hero, the souvenir seller certainly has a similar fondness for extravagant predictions and the greatest self-promotion of life.

A profile that appeared in the New York Times remained attached to the shop window and pointed to a customer before talking.

Says also that the president will win the next elections in an "avalanche", before daughter Ivanka will take over as the first woman commander in chief in 2024.

"Very soon I hope that [the Trump administration] will get me a job in Foreign Office [state department] in a South Asian Country

"I want to do anything to help make America great again."

Despite some of the controversies that have engulfed the White House, Mr. Sewani claims to be "fully loyal" to the President. [19659039] Donald Trump and Melania Trump play bobblehead on a shelf "title =" Donald Trump and Melania Trump bobbleheads "width =" 700 "height = "467" />

Photo:

Mr Sewani says the Trump-themed merchandise is a hit with foreign tourists. (ABC News: James Glenday)

Of course it is in his interest to say this.

If Mr. Trump remains in power for another six years, the former emigrant may have made enough money to withdraw

"People come from all over the world looking for Trump's stuff," he said.

"Here we are filling a need."

Arguments:

Donald Trump,

world-politics,

government and politics,

United States

First published

January 12, 2019 11:34:21


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