Feds approve deal to insulate Trump from Post Office hotel


Politico: The government agency serving as a landlord for the Trump hotel that sits on federal property in downtown Washington has approved an arrangement where President Donald Trump will maintain a financial interest in the project but agree not to receive any profits or other funds while he serves as president. The General Services Administration concluded that Trump’s pledge not … Read More

Carper requests GSA review of Old Post Office lease


Dover Post: U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, and Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Delaware, sent a letter to General Services Administration Inspector General Carol Ochoa requesting a review of GSA’s management of the lease with the Trump Old Post Office to develop and manage the Old Post Office … Read More

The bar in Trump’s new DC hotel honors postal history (sort of)


The grand opening of the Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, DC, has been getting a lot of attention this week.  Several news items focus on the hotel’s cocktail lounge.  See, for example, the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and the Washingtonian, as well as an earlier piece from September in the Washington DC Eater. The Trump Hotel … Read More

Trump leveraged a mere $2.4 million in $200 million deal on DC’s Old Post Office, and gave his kids a big stake for free


BuzzFeed: As he runs for president, Donald Trump has a massive business deal underway with the federal government: a luxury hotel in the iconic, taxpayer-owned Old Post Office building, just five blocks from the White House. Now, a newly released document gives a glimpse into how Trump channels money to his children. It also shows that Trump leveraged a mere … Read More

Labor Department investigating Trump’s Old Post Office project


Politico: The Labor Department is investigating whether workers on Donald Trump’s renovation of Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office are being paid less than federal law requires. The Labor Department confirmed to POLITICO that it’s looking into allegations of wage-rule violations by the Craftsmen Group, a Trump Organization subcontractor that restores windows. And workers on the site, including one Craftsmen Group … Read More

Trump backed out of big promises for old post office in DC


Bisnow: Donald Trump has some big plans in the works at the site of the Old Post Office building, but a new reports says the presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee made some big promises to set those plans in motion—and then failed to deliver. The real estate mogul’s team is busy with a $200M renovation that will see a 263-room … Read More

And the winner is . . . Trump selected to redevelop DC’s Old Post Office


The General Services Administration has selected Donald Trump to redevelop the Old Post Office building in downtown D.C.  The grand old icon is going to be converted into a luxury hotel, complete with “world renowned restaurants, a spa and conference facilities.” The GSA says turning the building over to private hands will save the federal government millions of dollars in … Read More