Amidst insurrection, in-room dining crushed it
In the latest example of the Trump Organization and Trump Administration’s synergy, the president’s D.C. hotel’s in-room dining team enjoyed “record breaking numbers” this week as his political supporters flocked to D.C. where they attempted a coup on his behalf.
With the Trump Hotel D.C.’s lowest available room rate for Jan. 6 hitting $8,000 a night (it later fell to the still high $5,500), it stands to reason President Donald J. Trump’s Pennsylvania Avenue hotel had a good week financially. (A bowl of cereal ordered through room service costs 15 bucks.)
Early Thursday evening, the Trump Hotel D.C.’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt took to Twitter to promote the president’s business’s “#success.” Damelincourt also blurred out the TVs above the hotel’s bar in the background, possibly because they were airing coverage of the riot his boss incited.
A glimpse of the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. Most people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.
D.C.’s finest posed with Donald Trump Jr. outside his hotel on Tuesday.
From a room at the Trump hotel D.C. (note the drapes), The MyPillow Guy shared his incorrect theories about election fraud with Newsmax.
Thirty minutes before D.C. Police said it was investigating a stabbing at 12th St NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW, a photo posted to Instagram from the Trump Hotel D.C. appeared to show the crime scene. (The victim was a man who was taken to the hospital reported NBC News Washington.)
Other Trump Organization news
“Shopify takes Trump Organization and campaign stores offline” by Vipal Monga for The Wall Street Journal
“Trump’s remarks before Capitol riot may be investigated, says acting U.S. attorney in D.C.” by Devlin Barrett for The Washington Post
“Trump warned by Scottish leader to stay away amid reports he might travel to his golf resort to skip inauguration” by William Booth and David Fahrenthold for The Washington Post
“Anti-Trump protest at Trump Tower results in 8 arrests in New York City” by ABC 7
JLL, the brokerage firm managing the Trump Organization’s attempt to sell its D.C. lease, declined to comment when asked if it would continue working with the president’s company reported Jonathan O’Connell of The Washington Post.
The PGA did not reply when asked if it still planed to host a major event at Trump Bedminster, reported David Fahrenthold also of the Washington Post. And the head PGA previously was a senior executive at the Deutsche Bank department that lent to Trump, noted David Enrich of The New York Times/
On Thursday, Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three golfers, including Gary Player. Doral has a villa named after Player, who’s been seen golfing at Trump courses, including with the president.
A conspiracy theorist interviewed in a 2019 episode of ProPublica and WNYC’s Trump, Inc. was among those storming The Capitol yesterday noted Alice Wilder and Ilya Marritz
Links to rundowns of developments in the House’s investigations and lawsuits, reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, and articles that provide the background on why all of this matters. The date published or last updated is in parentheses.
House investigations (Dec. 20, 2020)
Lawsuits (Dec. 17, 2020)
Breakdown of judges’ rulings by political party of presidents who nominated them (July 13, 2020)
Health inspections (Oct. 6, 2020)
COVID-19 bailouts and charity (Nov. 30, 2020)
Notable hotel customers
Foreign governments with representatives spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C.: 33 (Sept. 22, 2020)
Trump cabinet members spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C.: 27 of 35 (July 1, 2020)
U.S. Senators who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: 33 of 53 Republicans, one Democrat (Oct. 26, 2020)
House Judiciary members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Seven of 17 Republicans, no Democrats (Sept. 25, 2020)
House Intelligence members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Four of eight Republicans, no Democrats (June 1, 2020)
House Oversight members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Nine of 17 Republicans, no Democrats (Aug. 2, 2020)
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Four out of six Republicans, one Democrat (July 1, 2020)
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) found Trump’s hotels competitive only after Trump’s election (Sept. 12, 2019)
Rudy Giuliani at the Trump Hotel D.C: A retrospective (April 30, 2019)
“Stay to play: Inside the sordid history of Trump’s D.C. hotel—And why the president’s prized property could be headed for a reckoning” by your correspondent for Mother Jones (September 2020)
“Power tripping in the swamp: How Trump’s D.C. hotel swallowed Washington
The MAGA social scene is a movable feast, but its dark heart resides within the Old Post Office Building, where the Trump Org operates under a mercenary charter” by your correspondent for Vanity Fair (October 2019)
“Inside the world’s most controversial hotel: The hotel that was expected to take its place among the crown jewels of D.C.’s travel scene has become a magnet for protestors, a West Wing Annex, and—possibly—the center of a constitutional crisis.” by your correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler (May 2018)
Upcoming key dates
Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)
Dec. 9, 2020—Deadline for exchanging witness lists in the D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging improperly spent nonprofit funds by the Trump Hotel D.C. and Trump’s inaugural committee.
Jan. 20, 2021—Donald Trump will no longer be the president.
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