GSA Warns Trump Over DC Hotel Lease – Maybe

By Paul Riegler on 15 December 2016
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Trump chocolates in a Trump hotel room

Trump chocolates in a Trump hotel room

To divest or not to divest, that is the question that is a hot topic of discussion in Washington, D.C.

Four ranking Democratic congressmen who sit on committees that oversee federal contracting and ethics rules said that the GSA had informed Mr. Trump that he must sell the Trump International Hotel or be, upon assuming office, in breach of his lease with the government, which owns the Old Post Office Building where the hotel is located.

The GSA said that the congressmen had jumped the gun.

“GSA does not have a position that the lease provision requires the President-elect to divest of his financial interests,” a spokesman for the agency said, adding any action at the current time would be “premature” and will have to wait until Mr. Trump is sworn in.

The terms of the lease for the building are, however, quite clear: “No … elected official of the government of the United States … shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

Since Mr. Trump will, as president, be in charge of the agency that issued the Trump Organization the lease for the building and will also appoint someone to head the GSA, it appears a conflict of interest would be unavoidable.

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