New details emerge about Nigerian, Italian pols' visits

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Nigerian presidential candidate holds town hall at U.S. president’s hotel

This Friday, one month before Nigeria’s presidential election, the main opposition candidate held a town hall meeting at the U.S. president’s D.C. hotel (which is not in Nigeria).

1100 Pennsylvania previously reported that Atiku Abubakar was staying at the Trump Hotel D.C. What’s new here is that the following day it also was the site of a town-hall meeting for Nigerian diaspora and members of his party, which was live-streamed. (According to remarks Abubakar made at the town hall, Nigerian law does not allow for diaspora to vote.)

Based on photos shared on Abubakar’s verified Twitter account, about 50 people attended, many of whom recorded or photographed it.

During the town hall, which a protestor briefly interrupted, Abubakar discussed the economy, corruption, and his hopes to expand voting rights to the diaspora. He did not mention the event’s location.

It appears Abubakar held additional meetings with Nigerian diaspora at the Trump Hotel D.C., based on his Twitter account sharing this photo before the town hall.

Abubakar had been denied access to the United States for 12 years, per The Guardian Nigeria. And according to social-media posts, Abubakar’s eligibility to enter the United States is an issue in the campaign. Jedd Legrum’s Popular Information newsletter took a deep look today at the corruption allegations surrounding Abubakar and why he may have been allowed back into the United States. Executive summary: “In November, Abubakar hired a key member of Trump’s political operation with a $1.1 million per year lobbying contract.”

It’s not hard to see how a trip to the U.S. president’s Pennsylvania Avenue hotel could help Abubakar’s candidacy.

Additionally, while it was previously reported that Nigerian senator Ben Murray-Bruce accompanied Abubakar on his trip, it wasn’t clear if he too was at the Trump Hotel D.C. Now we know.

Italian deputy minister of foreign affairs meets Trump’s personal advisors at Trump’s hotel

Italian deputy minister for foreign affairs, Guglielmo Picchi, chatted with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at BLT Prime last week. As 1100 Pennsylvania reported previously, Picchi also met at the hotel with Rudy Giuliani. (Based on Picchi wearing the same clothes in both pictures, either these meetings occurred on the same day or he packs light.)

In response to an inquiry sent through Picchi’s website, an email signed Staff stated that

The Trump Hotel was chosen for that meeting for purely logistical reasons. Anyway Mr. Picchi didn’t stay at the Hotel. Please consider that the recent journey in America was a private trip: consequently, Mr. Picchi did not spend any government or public funds for it or during it.

And while Picchi’s Twitter account showed him appearing to conduct plenty of Italian government business while in the United States, in a follow-up exchange, Staff further explained that Picchi funded his trip by himself and “wasn’t on a visit ordered or funded by the Italian MoFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] nor by other public institutions.”

The Italian embassy has not responded to an email, sent at the same time as the initial message via Picchi’s website, asking if the government paid for Picchi’s trip and how the hotel was chosen for a meeting venue.

Here’s what else Picchi was up to in while in the United States on his privately funded trip:

Women’s March pays a visit

The 2019 Women’s March went past the barricaded Trump Hotel D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday, leaving in its social-media wake photos of military-grade equipment, large crowds, middle fingers, and protest-signs–cum-litter.

Hotel plays audio of owner’s immigration speech in lobby bar

For the second time in two weeks, the Trump Hotel D.C. killed the music in its lobby bar to air the audio of its owner’s speech on immigration.

President Trump’s tweets beg questions about Trump Org’s business practices

Sunday, 8:51 a.m.:

If “a contract is a contract,” why did Trump Hotel D.C. contractors have to file millions in liens against the Trump Org for allegedly unpaid work?

And Sunday, 9:20 a.m.:

How has the Trump Org financed construction “when money is not readily available”? (Or does that explain why so many Trump Hotel D.C. contractors filed liens against him?)

Noteworthy sightings

Lewandowski also was at the hotel on Jan. 7.

Former Breitbart London editor-in-chief and current ally of Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon, Raheem Kassam, dined at BLT Prime with singer and Trump supporter Joy Villa.

FDIC government information specialist, Alisa Colgrove, enjoyed Cabot Cheese.

And her dining companion has been there a few times and always finds Trump Hotel D.C. patrons who also are President Trump supporters.

Far-right media personalty, formerly of Infowars, Joe Biggs, boasted that he’s at the Trump Hotel D.C. bar so often its become his Cheers. Cool.

And here’s Biggs there on Friday with Sputnik radio host Lee Stranahan, mentioned in Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian military officers.

Meanwhile at Mar-a-Lago, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale keynoted The Wall Street Conference at Trump’s private club.

New campaign expenditure

The Beehive PAC, affiliated with former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R–UT), spent $2,881.28 on Dec. 6–7, 2018 for lodging.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Jan. 11, 2018)

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

Other Trump Organization news

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

“The French burglar who pulled off his generation’s biggest art heistby Jake Hapern for The New Yorker

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