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Deutsche Bank Weighed Extending Trump Loans on Default Risk

  • Bank is said to have been concerned about default in office
  • Executives considered extending maturities to address risk
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Bloomberg’s Peggy Collins reports on Detusche Bank’s relationship with the Trump Organization.Daybreak: Americas." (Source: Bloomberg)
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Top Deutsche Bank AG executives were so concerned after the 2016 U.S. election that the Trump Organization might default on about $340 million of loans while Donald Trump was in office that they discussed extending repayment dates until after the end of a potential second term in 2025, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

Members of the bank’s management board, including then Chief Executive Officer John Cryan, were leery of the public relations disaster they would face if they went after the assets of a sitting president, said the people, who asked for anonymity because the discussions were private. The discussions were about risks to the bank’s reputation and did not relate to any heightened concerns about the creditworthiness of Trump or his company, the people said.