GSA was ready to pony up $576,000 for Old Post Office tours during shutdown

GSA would have spent $576,000 to keep Old Post Office tower tours running for a year if shutdown had continued

From “GSA planned to keep Trump Hotel site open a year, if needed” by Jennifer Yachnin and Kevin Bogardus for E&E News:

The General Services Administration inked a deal late last year to spend nearly $600,000 to continue operations at the Old Post Office Tower inside the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.—enough to keep the site open for up to a year in the event of a continuous government shutdown—according to newly released documents.

Read the National Park Service’s entire FOIA response on its website.

To state what should be obvious: while the Old Post Office tower offers first-rate views, it’s a second-tier tourist spot (if that). So it’s curious that money wasn’t allocated to a site more people would want to visit.

To recap, here’s what we already knew about that decision-making process, from “A shutdown-era visit to Park Service ops at Trump’s D.C. hotel” by Charles S. Clark for Government Executive:

  • GSA closed the tower at the start of the shutdown.

  • Several days later, it realized that it did not need to do so because “balances within the Federal Buildings Fund remain available to operate federal facilities, as needed, until they are expended, notwithstanding a lapse in appropriations.”

  • Except—GSA’s statement also said, “In this process, it was discovered that the interagency agreement required by the 1983 law had expired earlier in the year. GSA and NPS subsequently renewed the interagency agreement, and NPS resumed operation of the tower as required by law.”


Trump Org marketing items depicting the White House breaks Trump Org’s promise to not do that

Yesterday’s 1100 Pennsylvania reported that the official online Trump Store is now selling merchandise depicting the White House. The Trump Org’s promotion of those items runs afoul of its promise not to reference the presidency, noted Steve Reilly of USA Today:


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House general counsel hires DOJ attorney who defended Trump in emoluments lawsuits

From “Senior DOJ appellate lawyer jumps to U.S. House general counsel’s office” by C. Ryan Barber for The National Law Journal:

The U.S. House of Representatives has hired a senior U.S. Justice Department appellate lawyer to work under general counsel Douglas Letter, boosting his team’s litigation prowess as the Democratic majority braces for court battles with the Trump administration…

In recent months, [Meghan] Barbero had served on Justice Department teams defending President Donald Trump against lawsuits claiming his continued ownership of his Washington hotel violates the Constitution’s anti-corruption clauses.


Report: Trump considering repeat featured speaker at Trump Hotel for spot on Federal Reserve board

From “Trump said to consider Stephen Moore for Federal Reserve Board” by Saleha Mohsin and Jennifer Jacobs for Bloomberg:

Stephen Moore, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a long-time supporter of Donald Trump, is being considered by the president for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Moore, 59, was the founder of the conservative Club for Growth and served on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. He was a senior economist on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and was an economic analyst for CNN.

At least three events at the Trump Hotel D.C. have featured Moore as a speaker, advertising his appearance in advance to draw people to the president’s hotel:


Campaign expenditures

Ed Rollins’s pro-Trump Great America PAC spent $772.88 at the Trump Hotel D.C. in February 2019.


Noteworthy sightings

GOP political strategist Karl Rove delivered the keynote address to the payday lenders assembled for the Community Financial Services Association of America’s annual conference at Trump Doral. It’s the second straight year this group has convened there.

Democratic candidate for president, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg reportedly attended a fundraiser held at the Trump International Hotel and Tower New York–Central Park. (A spokesperson for his campaign has not yet responded to an inquiry to verify the photo’s authenticity.) Buttigieg joins President Trump in the list of 2020 presidential candidates known to take part in a fundraiser at a Trump property.

Blaze TV’s Eric Bolling reported he was harassed Wednesday night at the Trump Hotel D.C. (Due to a formatting limitation, select the link to watch the video.)


Other Trump Organization news


House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 22, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • UPDATED Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee requested documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr.; EVP Eric Trump; EVP and COO Michael Calamari; CFO Alan Weisselberg; EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten; Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. The committee received “tens of thousands” of documents by the March 18 deadline the letters set for responses, according to its chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–NY). Among the respondents: Barrack, Steve Bannon, and the National Rifle Association. But current White House staffers, as well as some former ones have not replied yet. And GOP committee staffers said the panel only received eight replies by the deadline. Attorneys for the Trump Organization, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump did not respond to Politico’s inquires if their clients planned to reply. The committee is considering making additional document requests, including to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The committee interviewed Felix Sater on March 21.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. On Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee would investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 27. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the D.C. hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.


Legal cases, current status (latest change, March 20, 2019)


Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site


One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

Facebook Live is delivering just as Mark Zuckerberg promised, notes Will Oremus of Slate:


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Trump Store features White House on new merch

Launched yesterday, four items in the cherry-blossom collection depict the White House alongside the hotel

While the Trump Store claims its all-new cherry-blossom collection is “inspired by the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.”, many items depict another Pennsylvania Avenue landmark as well—the White House.

Debuting yesterday (the first day of spring), the line features about 11 new items for sale at TrumpStore.com, at least four of which depict Donald Trump’s current residence as well as his D.C. hotel.

The items that show the White House are a

The U.S. Capitol is pictured on a tumbler ($18), candle ($35), and room spray ($32), as well as on all four of the aforementioned items. The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials also appear on some of the merch.

Last year, the Trump Organization was caught ordering tee markers showing off the presidential seal. “Under federal law, the seal’s use is permitted only for official government business. Misuse can be a crime,” reported Katherine Sullivan for ProPublica.


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Campaign expenditures

In February 2019, the Republican National Committee spent another $1,085.60 at the D.C. hotel owned by the party’s head, bring its total to $404,077.57 since 2017.


Noteworthy sightings

A civics outreach staffer for Google, Erica Arbetter, who previously worked for two committees in the House of Representatives, joined an “eclectic group” that included Trump Hotel D.C. regulars Eric Bolling of Blaze TV, Fox News pundit and Trump campaign advisor Harlan Hill, political publicist Sarah Selip, and lobbyist David Spady.


Other Trump Organization news


House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 21, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • UPDATED Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee requested documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr.; EVP Eric Trump; EVP and COO Michael Calamari; CFO Alan Weisselberg; EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten; Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. The committee received “tens of thousands” of documents by the March 18 deadline the letters set for responses, according to its chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–NY). Among the respondents: Barrack, Steve Bannon, and the National Rifle Association. But current White House staffers, as well as some former ones have not replied yet. And GOP committee staffers said the panel only received eight replies by the deadline. Attorneys for the Trump Organization, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump did not respond to Politico’s inquires if their clients planned to reply. The committee is considering making additional document requests, including to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. On Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee would investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 27. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the D.C. hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.


Legal cases, current status (latest change, March 20, 2019)


Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site


One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

“Beware the Jabberwock: Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell” by This American Life


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Dark money shines for loyal customers

Congressmen loyal to Trump Hotel D.C. benefit from pro–Trump dark-money group’s ad buys

From “Pro-Trump group launching ads supporting Meadows, Jordan” by Betsy Klein for CNN:

The pro-Trump America First Policies group is launching two television ads this week in support of Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the group tells CNN. Both are ardent supporters of the President on Capitol Hill and on the cable news circuit.

The $100,000 ad buy is a sign that Trump-aligned groups are rewarding those loyal to the President.

Jordan’s campaign has spent $10,572.29 at the president’s hotel; Meadows’s total is $9,196.99. Each campaign even spent exactly the same amount ($1,461.79) on food at the hotel on Nov. 16, 2018 (they went Dutch?!).

And just last month, Meadows and Jordan criticized a GSA inspector general report that raised question on the legality of the hotel’s lease.

Here’s Jordan mugging at the Trump Hotel D.C. in July 2018 with Martha Boneta—a policy advisor for America First Policies. Yep, that’s the same group that’s behind the ad buy. (The other guy is reportedly a member of the NRA’s board of directors.)


Consensus: Yesterday’s emoluments hearing did not go well for the DC and MD attorneys general


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Lobbyist happy hour sets date for April meetup

The next Trump First Tuesday, a “business networking happy hour for government relations professionals [lobbyists] and friends” has been scheduled for April 2. This event now will have facilitated lobbyists mingling at the president’s hotel in 11 of the last 13 months.

Separately, the Arlington [Virginia] Republican party will have a meetup at the Trump Hotel D.C., in conjunction with a D.C. MAGA meetup, the following Tuesday.


‘Wall Street Journal’ incorrectly listed as sponsor of Mar-a-Lago event

Yesterday’s 1100 Pennsylvania reported that The Wall Street Journal was listed as a sponsor for the motorsports celebration The Palm Event, which will be held at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. In response to an inquiry from 1100 Pennsylvania, both the event’s organizer and a Wall Street Journal spokesperson said the paper is not involved with the festivities.

“That sponsorship was under a previous owner,” wrote Scott Shrader, president of The Palm Event. “They haven’t been on any of our credentials in well over a year.  I believe that there was a logo on one of our pages, which I just removed.”

WSJ is not a sponsor of this event and the organizers have removed our logo from their site (which wasn’t our current branding to begin with),” wrote Steve Severinghaus, a senior director of communications at Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal’s parent company.

The old list of sponsors from The Palm Event’s website is on the left; an updated one, showing which companies are actually supporting an event at the president’s business, is at right.


Campaign expenditures

Mike Pence’s Great America Committee spent another $55,105.51 at his boss’s hotel in February 2019 (first noted by Dave Levinthal of The Center for Public Integrity). That brings Pence’s PAC’s total spending at the Trump Hotel D.C. up to at least $221,043.23.

Trump reportedly has told his advisors he wants to keep Pence on the ticket.


Noteworthy sightings

Antony Liu, the CEO of Blue Ocean Capital Group, dined with someone who appears to be a member of a religious order and enjoys lobster. In a lawsuit filed last month, a Chinese citizen residing in California alleged that Liu and Blue Ocean Capital unlawfully sold him $2 million worth of a cryptocurrency. (Due to a formatting limitation, please select this link to watch the video.)

Rabia Kazan, the president of the pro-Trump Middle Eastern Women’s Coalition and a director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump was back at the Trump Hotel D.C. In the past two weeks, Kazan has live-streamed from the Trump Hotel D.C., entered the White House on an official visit, pitched her cause to the U.S. president at Mar-a-Lago, and now returned to the Trump Hotel D.C.


Other Trump Organization news


House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 20, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • UPDATED Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee requested documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr.; EVP Eric Trump; EVP and COO Michael Calamari; CFO Alan Weisselberg; EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten; Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. The committee received “tens of thousands” of documents by the March 18 deadline the letters set for responses, according to its chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–NY). Among the respondents: Barrack, Steve Bannon, and the National Rifle Association. But current White House staffers, as well as some former ones have not replied yet. And GOP committee staffers said the panel only received eight replies by the deadline.

  • UPDATED Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. On Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee would investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 27. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the D.C. hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.


Legal cases, current status (latest change, March 20, 2019)


Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site


One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

From “Preparing for conflicts by cyber-means” by The Economist:

"When Latvia conducted its biggest-ever national military exercise last August, which mobilised more than 10,000 people, a group of researchers discovered that using only open-source information they could identify about 10% of the individuals involved—and use that knowledge to track the exercise in real time. They also found they could make a soldier leave his post, against orders. Janis Sarts, director of NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, which ran the experiment, said it was very simple.

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Report: Oral arguments in Trump's appeal of emoluments suit didn't go well for AGs

Report: Oral arguments in Trump's appeal of emoluments suit didn't go well for AGs

From “Trump hotel emoluments case is at federal appeals court as president asks for it to be thrown out” by Ann E. Marimow and Jonathan O’Connell for The Washington Post:

In court Tuesday, Trump administration attorneys told a three-judge panel that Maryland and the District of Columbia have “no authority” to sue the president in his official capacity over payments the president’s business accepts from state and foreign governments.

“There are multiple fundamental defects in this extraordinary suit,” said Justice Department attorney Hashim M. Moopan in the morning session of arguments ongoing in Richmond.

Attorneys for D.C. and Maryland said Trump in his role as president is violating the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the Constitution. “The official action is the accepting of emoluments, which is a violation of the Constitution, attorney Loren AliKhan told the court.

O’Connell, who was in court, did not think the hearing went well for the plaintiffs:

Payday lenders convene at Doral. Again.

For the second straight year, the Community Financial Services Association of America, which represents the payday loan industry, is hosting its annual conference at Trump’s Doral golf course.

A round of golf at the meeting costs $450, according to Judd Legum of the Popular Information newsletter. Legum also noted that President Trump recently rescinded rules that will benefit these repeat Trump Doral customers.

Faith leaders reportedly protested the gathering outside an entrance to Doral.

FBI headquarters relocation controversy explained

Today’s episode of PRI and WNYC’s The Takeaway includes a chat I had with host Tanzina Vega. In seven minutes you’ll get a rundown on why the FBI needs a new headquarters—and why President Trump may want that new building to be exactly where the current one is.

“As FBI headquarters crumbles in D.C., President Trump’s conflicts of interests complicate a way forward”

Motorsports celebration returns to Mar-a-Lago

Motorsports celebration The Palm Event is returning to Mar-a-Lago this weekend. It’s expected President Trump will be at his private club too.

The entrants fee for vehicle owners is $350.

Per the event’s website:

The Palm Event is fast becoming the most coveted collector car weekend in the United States. The first two years we were hosted at Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club. In year three, The Palm Event expanded to The Colony Hotel, The Breakers Resort and PGA National Resort & Spa as well as other great Palm Beach locations.

We will be returning to the Mar-a-Lago Club and other exclusive Palm Beach venues in 2019.

Here are the companies sponsoring this event at the president’s club (and, yes, The Wall Street Journal kind of stands out).

Noteworthy sightings

Prior to visiting the White House for its official Greek independence day celebration, this gentleman appeared to be staying at the Trump Hotel D.C.

Sarah Selip of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs (for 30 years, it has “successfully represented think tanks, associations, public policy organizations, political candidates, political action committees, corporations, book publishers, authors, and foreign governments”) was back at the hotel.

Other Trump Organization news

  • “Deutsche Bank officials have quietly argued to regulators, lawmakers and journalists that Mr. Trump was not a priority for the bank or its senior leaders and that the lending was the work of a single, obscure division. But interviews with more than 20 current and former Deutsche Bank executives and board members, most of them with direct knowledge of the Trump relationship, contradict the bank’s narrative.” by David Enrich for The New York Times

  • “Brazil president’s U.S. visit kicks off with Steve Bannon-sponsored paranoia fest” by Travis Waldron for Huff Post

  • FAA alert points to Trump visit; Lindsey Graham to speak at Mar-a-Lago” by George Bennett for The Palm Beach Post

  • While it looks like Trump will be at Mar-a-Lago for the Palm Beach County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day fundraiser, the press won’t be (per Anthony Man of The South Florida Sun Sentinel):

House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 19, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said that the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • UPDATED Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee is requesting documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr.; EVP Eric Trump; EVP and COO Michael Calamari; CFO Alan Weisselberg; EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten; Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. Barrack said he will cooperate. The committee received “tens of thousands” of documents by the March 18 deadline the letters set for responses.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee will investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 14. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” according to CBS News on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose both Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened in 2016, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, March 19, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

Rep. Paul Gosar (R–AZ) had a tough take on a teenage egg thrower.

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With Bolsonaro coming to D.C., hotel educates Brazilian travel agents

On the cusp of Bolsonaro’s visit, Trump Hotel D.C. taught Brazilian travel agents about its offerings

On Friday, the Trump Hotel D.C. provided a tour, breakfast, and gold-wrapped chocolate bars emblazoned with “Trump” to Brazilian travel agents so they could learn how to better sell the president’s hotel in their home country. Their visit comes just days before Washington, D.C. is bound to be in Brazil’s news, with its president, Jair Bolsonaro, calling on President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

The Trump Organization paid for the travel agents’ breakfast, according to Anne Madison, the chief strategy and communications officer of Brand USA, “the destination marketing organization for the United States,” which set up the excursion. She estimated the expense cost the hotel about $600.

No one from the U.S. government pressured Brand USA to include the Trump Hotel D.C. on the itinerary, Madison said, and there were no internal concerns about showcasing a hotel owned by the U.S. president. Similarly, Madison said their visit was not timed to coincide with Bolsonaro’s.

Regardless of whether or not this synergy was intended, the travel agents’ visit is part of a recent jump in Brazilian activity at Trump properties. (See the next segment in today’s 1100 Pennsylvania.)

Representatives from the Trump Hotel D.C. and the Trump Organization did not respond to an email asking about the timing and their motives for sponsoring these Brazilian travel agents’ breakfast.

Their visit was part of a familiarization tour (usually referred to as a “fam trip”). A common practice in the travel industry, they are junkets for agents, tour operators, or journalists to learn how to better sell or report on a destination. The cities and venues visited usually cover the expenses.

The Brazilians’ visit marks only the second time your correspondent has seen the Trump Hotel D.C. host travel-industry types on a Brand USA-organized trip.

While U.S. taxpayers do not fund Brand USA, it does receive “matching funds collected by the U.S. government from international visitors who visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.” No funds from that pool were spent at the Trump Hotel D.C., Madison said, but Brand USA will use the value of the donated airlines tickets that brought the agents here to claim matching funds from the U.S. government.

“The only funds from that pool used to pay for the Brazilian travel agents’ visit was for the airline tickets for the agents to come to the USA,” Madison wrote in an email. “Copa Airlines contributed the airline tickets to Brand USA, and we will submit that contribution for matching funds from the Travel Promotion Fund (which holds the fees paid by international visitors). NOTE: Brand USA must first receive contributions from non-federal sources before we can submit a request for an equivalent amount in matching funds from the federal government.”

The travel agents that visited the Trump Hotel D.C. are one of five groups of agents and tour operators from Brazil, totaling 65 people in all, visiting the United States from March 13–22. And it’s the sole lot with the nation’s capital on its itinerary. The only other D.C. hotel the agents saw was the Capitol Skyline, which is where they stayed.

Bolsonaro’s son, a congressman in Brazil, busted out a Make Brasil Great Again hat in hotel lobby

Three weeks after he told a party celebrating President Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Build that wall! Brazilians are supporting you!,” Eduardo Bolsonaro—a member of Brazil’s Congress and the son of the country’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro—was back at a Trump property. Saturday night, he showed off his take on a Trump campaign slogan in the Trump Hotel D.C.

Bolsonaro reportedly was at the Trump Hotel D.C. for Steve Bannon’s screening of the film Jardim das Aflições. [via Matias Spektor, H/T Cleuci de Oliveira]

Olavo de Carvalho, described as “Bolsonaro’s personal Jordan Petersonby journalist Cleuci de Oliveira, was the night’s special guest. White House and Fox News castoff Sebastian Gorka also attended.

Nicolás Maduro shared Hands Off Venezuela march footage shot in front of Trump’s hotel

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro tweeted clips of Saturday’s Hands Off Venezuela march that were captured in front of the Trump Hotel D.C. (Due to a formatting limitation, select the link to watch the video.)

Trump World turns out for pro-Israel super PAC fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago

As 1100 Pennsylvania previewed last Wednesday, the American Pro–Israel PAC held its night of unity and peace to raise funds for itself Saturday at Mar-a-Lago. It’s not immediately clear if any of the of the $237,660 it raised last year helped Israel, but $38,871.77 did benefit Mar-a-Lago while another $45,000 helped out three of its board members.

We’ll have to wait for the super PAC’s next FEC filing to see how much the American Pro–Israel PAC paid the president’s private club to hold Saturday’s event (unless it responds to an earlier inquiry from 1100 Pennsylvania). But in the meantime, let’s see who attended:

Pro-Trump pastor Mark Burns told the crowd, “Listen, we’re in Donald Trump’s house! Y’all better make some noise for Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States!” (Due to a formatting limitation, select the link to watch the video.)

Paula White-Cain co-hosted the event. She’s Trump’s personal pastor, delivered the invocation at his inauguration, and preaches the prosperity gospel.

The other co-host was Jason Sullivan. Robert Mueller subpoenaed him in May 2018 related to his work for Roger Stone.

Karyn Turk, a former Mrs. Florida, attended. This weekend, Cliff Zhonggang Li, Cindy Yang’s boss at the Asian GOP, told me via email that Turk is now managing his media communications.

The CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump and a member of Trump’s transition team, pastor Darrell Scott

Other noteworthy sightings

In addition to the head lobbyist for a pro-Armenian political organization, Thursday night at the Trump Hotel D.C. Vice President Mike Pence spoke with fellow regular Eric Bolling of Blaze TV (per Politico Playbook). And Pence posed with U.S. Marine Greg Aselbekian.

Lebanese TV interviewed Amin Salam, a managing director at the consultancy Ankura, “live from the Trump Hotel.”

Trump Organization EVP Eric Trump visited the money-losing Trump Turnberry golf course and saw first-hand how it was spending funds.

Trump Hotel D.C. regular, Harlan Hill, who’s a Fox News pundit and Trump campaign advisor, stood up for fellow Trump Hotel D.C. regular, T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 15, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said that the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee is requesting documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr.; EVP Eric Trump; EVP and COO Michael Calamari; CFO Alan Weisselberg; EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten; Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. Barrack said he will cooperate.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee will investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 14. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” according to CBS News on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose both Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened in 2016, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, March 6, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

“Former boss sheds light on Cindy Yang’s work for Asian GOP, Communist Party ties” by me for Fast Company

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