Trump to Turn in Hotel Information About Foreign Government Dealings
A federal judge ordered President Donald Trump to prepare documents to turn in for his Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. The decision was made as part of the process of finding a case initiated by Attorney General Brian Frosh (Maryland) and Bob Ferguson (Washington). These records include balance sheets and evidence of how the employees of Trump are managing businesses from foreign governments who may try to influence the president by patronizing one of his historical attributes. It also disclosed to the public how much money from his hotel business was placed in Trump’s pocket.
The prosecutors asked for details on the previous earnings of the hotel, of that amount how much came from foreign government, and to provide intel on the difficulty of the hotel to bring in foreign business. The prosecutors also want specific details on the structure of the hotel business, the amount of money he earns from hotel operations, and how Trump managed the relationship between his hotel and the federal government; The owner of the historic building which is the hotel.
Foreign governments flocked to book the Trump Hotel in Washington. A diplomat told the Washington Post: “Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!’? Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitors?’” Days after the inauguration of Trump in 2017, about 100 foreign diplomats celebrated in one of its dance halls. Kuwait celebrated its National Day celebration in Trump’s Washington hotel instead of their traditional place in the Four Seasons. In May 2017 under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, the Saudi government announced that it spent around $270,000 on hotel room rentals.
Mr. Trump stated that he would donate all the profit earned from foreign governments to the US Treasury Department. Trump did donate $151,000 in February, but the directions given to Trump’s employees on how to separate the profits from the foreign officials were vague. The directions to the hotel employees also showed various loopholes. For instance, employees were not allowed to ask whether a guest was a representative of a foreign government. The reason for it being was “it might detract from the guest’s experience”. The calculations of the amount of cash that should be donated were also only based on the amount of profit received. What this meant is that no donation would be required if another government’s patronage made the hotel break even or lose money.
In a ruling on Friday, Peter Messitte, the judge from the Maryland case, denied the request to allow Trump to file an appeal to block the investigative process, and the request denial to put the investigation on hold until the matter was appealed. Instead, the parties must plan within 20 days how to handle the investigation process. In other words, the cards may need to reveal some of the company’s secrets by Thanksgiving.