Team Trump Aided Harbinger Founder Falcone’s Vietnam Casino — And That’s Normal By Muhammad Cohen, Forbes May 4, 2018 at 8:22 am Investigative journalism group ProPublica reports links between Donald Trump and Philip Falcone, principal owner of The Grand- Ho Tram casino resort in Vietnam, two hours south of commercial capital Ho Chi Minh City. The story suggests that the Trump administration has taken unusual steps to help the casino, noting that both Trump and Falcone, founder of Harbinger Capital Partners, have been represented by attorney Marc Kasowitz. The article says that in December 2016 Kasowitz, not the U.S. State Department, arranged a coveted telephone conversation between President-elect Trump and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. After that, Team Trump tried to help Falcone; I know because I gave Vietnam advice on how to respond. Falcone and his Vietnam investment vehicle, Asian Coast Development Ltd (ACDL), have long sought permission for Vietnamese citizens to gamble at Ho Tram. Vietnam requires a foreign passport for entry into its casinos and electronic gaming parlors. ACDL boosted its political clout in September 2016 by appointing board members with links to Hillary Clinton and Trump. In 2017, Kasowitz accompanied Falcone on a trip to Vietnam, sitting in on meetings with government officials. To get its casino license, ACDL pledged to invest US$4 billion in multiple resorts on its 160 hectare (400 acre) site dubbed the Ho Tram Strip, featuring 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) of beachfront.