Between 2016 and 2020, the hotel was the place where GOP lawmakers, corporate executives with business before the DOJ, reps of foreign governments, and anyone looking to kiss the ring knew their money would go far. “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 competitor?’” an Asian diplomat told The Washington Post in 2016.
In February the Washingtonian reported that servers at the hotel’s restaurant were required to follow a strict seven-step protocol for serving Trump his Diet Coke; that the size of his dining companion’s steak had to be smaller than his; that mini glass bottles of Heinz ketchup were to be opened “in front of [him], taking care to ensure he could hear the seal make the ‘pop’ sound”; and that “a tray of junk food needed to be available for every Trump visit: Lay’s potato chips (specifically, sour cream and onion), Milky Way, Snickers, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Tic Tacs, gummy bears, Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Tootsie Rolls, chocolate-covered raisins, and Pop-Secret.”
Last month, the House Oversight Committee found that despite all the built-in business, the hotel lost over $73 million while Trump was in office.
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