Old Guard parties, commander-in-chief profits

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Commander-in-chief’s hotel hosted The Old Guard’s fourth battalion’s ball

The Army’s 3rd U.S. infantry regiment’s fourth battalion held its annual ball last night at commander-in-chief Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel.

“There were no government funds spent, no appropriated funds spent on this,” said Maj. Stephen Von Jett, director of communications for the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. “It was funded through ticket sales and fundraisers that some of the soldiers did internally, down at the company level.”

The 356 tickets that were sold to the event cost $80 each and came with a free beer voucher, per the event’s invite. Soldiers attending ranged from battalion commander LTC Jeffery Burroughs though the most junior members, Von Jett said. President Trump, of course, still owns the hotel and can profit from it—meaning money from soldiers in the U.S. Army could have gone right to the top of the military’s chain of command.

“It’s usually a great time to create esprit de corps and camaraderie,” Von Jett said of the annual ball in general.

According to Burroughs, as conveyed through Von Jett, the battalion selected the Trump Hotel D.C. for the venue because it had a competitive price and was “the nicest one that they looked at.

“They looked at a number of hotels, and they were trying to select one that was in their price range but also was visually stunning and let the soldiers know how much the organization cared about them,” Von Jett said.

Many of the photos of the ball shared on social media showed soldiers in their dress uniforms on the red carpet, in front of a backdrop reading “Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.”

Nicknamed The Old Guard, the 3rd U.S. infantry regiment “conducts memorial affairs to honor our fallen comrades, and ceremonies and special events to represent the Army,” per its website. It’s probably best known for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery. The fourth battalion is headquartered at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

Noteworthy sightings

HUD Secretary Ben Carson posed with his wife, Candy; policy advisor for the pro-Trump nonprofit America First Policies, Martha Boneta; and Fox News advertiser/Trump business regular, the My Pillow guy, Mike Lindell.

Other Trump Organization news

UPDATED House investigations, current status (latest change, Feb. 8, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • 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.

  • 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. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank.

  • 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.

  • 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 the 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. DeFazio and Titus requested a reply by Feb. 8. 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.

  • UPDATED 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, Feb. 7, 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 “Philadelphia politics are stuck in the era of prog rock” by The Economist:

The national ironworkers’ union has already taken control after its local leaders ordered a Quaker Meeting house, built by non-union workers, to be torched.

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