While the Democrats in Congress tried their very best to prevent the Trump family from benefiting off of the recent stimulus package given to Americans and various small businesses as financial relief during this global pandemic, we all knew good and well that those greedy folks would be sniffing out a way to get their “cake” too.
But a new report from the New York Times detailing the most recent move by Trump, on both a personal and administrative level, is shadier than we were even prepared for.
According to the report, Trump International Hotel in D.C. is looking for a break on its lease, as the rent is coming ’round and the pandemic continues to hammer down on them financially. And you’ll never guess who the party is that gets to determine whether or not the hotel is eligible for some rent relief.
The Trump administration.
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“In recent weeks, the president’s family business has inquired about changing its lease payments, according to people familiar with the matter, which the federal government has reported amount to nearly $268,000 per month,” the Times report reads. “The Trump Organization owns and operates the luxury hotel, but it is in a federally owned building on Pennsylvania Avenue. As part of its deal to open the 263-room hotel, the company signed a 60-year lease in 2013 that requires the monthly payments to the General Services Administration.”
The report goes on to note that Eric Trump, Donald’s middle son, claims that the Trump property is up to date on its rent, but went on to confirm that the company is, in fact, requesting the rent relief that other federal tenants may be receiving, which could result in adjustment payments throughout the course of the outbreak.
“Just treat us the same,” Eric Trump said in a statement. “Whatever that may be is fine.”
Thus far, the GSA nor the White House have returned any requests for comments, however, the Times was sure to point out the ultimate issue in Trump’s organization requesting the aide as opposed to other GSA tenants:
“If it denies the request, the agency risks running afoul of the president, who appoints its leader; but if it accommodates the Trumps, the agency is likely to draw fire from critics.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how this one plays out.
You can read the full report here.
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