Trump hotel looks to cash in on Biden inauguration

On the same question, Patricia Tang, a spokeswoman for the hotel, referred POLITICO to the hotel website when asked if there are any special inauguration events.

“That’s all I have to comment, OK? Have a great New Year. See you soon!” Tang said before hanging up in the middle of a follow-up question. She didn’t reply to a follow-up email, but a reservation specialist said there were “many” rooms available.

Trump has at times projected confidence that he can overturn election results, but there is little evidence that his allies consider this a serious possibility. Big Trump donor Doug Deason, for example, was at the hotel four years ago and said in an interview that he would stay there again if Trump somehow got a win. However, he was not aware of any plans to attempt this vanishingly unlikely outcome on Trump’s property on Pennsylvania Ave. to celebrate which was full of activity in 2017.

We get tons of requests from Democrats for inauguration, Trump hotel manager Mickael Damelincourt and food and beverage manager Daniel Mahdavian announced to Deason in mid-December, according to Deason. “They thought they would do very well.”

“I can’t imagine that I’m invited [to Washington] when Biden is initiated, Deason joked. Damelincourt and Mahdavian did not respond to requests for comment.

“The Trump is the nicest hotel in DC and certainly the nicest hotel in the security zone during the inauguration,” added Deason in a text message. “The democratic guests will find it very comfortable and courteous, regardless of party affiliation.”

Trump’s inauguration in 2017 resulted in the DC attorney general suing its opening committee and the Trump Organization, arguing that the committee violated DC nonprofit laws by spending more than $ 1 million on the reservation of a high-priced ballroom at the Trump Hotel.

This could be the last inauguration Washington has a Trump hotel for. The Trump organization, run by President Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., has attempted to sell their lease on the property, but sales efforts are made have reportedly been Put on hold after no bids came close to $ 500 million.

Other fancy DC hotels that have suffered the slowdown in travel due to the pandemic are also trying to capitalize on Democrats coming to town for the heavily discounted inauguration.

The Hay-Adams Hotel, which is near the White House, has increased its prices around the inauguration up to $ 1,399 per night, which is much higher than normal room rates in the mid-to-high range of $ 300 its website, and a receptionist said she “certainly” saw some demand for rooms, but declined to say how many people bought.

The St. Regis in downtown Washington raised prices to at least $ 999 a night during its inauguration, which is often $ 399 a night for a similar room.

Since there are no inauguration balls at the inauguration, the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown offers one “Intimate opening ball” for up to six people in the presidential suite or one of their townhouses. The three-night package, which starts at $ 4,000 per night, features an in-room demonstration of the ceremony, a reception with appetizers, and a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Samantha Lynch, the hotel’s sales manager, said they had “received a lot of interest but still some availability”.

Because of the pandemic, Biden’s inaugural committee is telling average Americans not to attend the inauguration, but said two weeks ago that Biden will be sworn in on the west side of the Capitol and address the country from the platform. There will also be some sort of parade, but there will not be a traditional lunch in Congress.

There have been rumors that Trump may announce that he plans to run for president again on Jan. 20 instead of attending his successor’s inauguration, as outgoing presidents usually do. When asked about Trump’s January 20 plans, White House Assistant Secretary Judd Deere told POLITICO: ÔÇťAnonymous sources who claim to know what the President is or not have no idea. If President Trump has an announcement about his plans for January 20th, he will let you know. “

The Trump campaign didn’t answer questions about their inauguration plans.

A facebook group is to organize a “Donald J. Trump 2nd President’s Dedication Ceremony,” though it is unclear what they have planned. More than 67,000 people have registered for the event.

Although a number of Democrats escaped the DC during Trump’s inauguration four years ago, some prominent Republicans have not made a decision whether to leave town this time to avoid Biden’s inauguration.

“We haven’t made a decision,” said Matt Schlapp, a Trump ally and chairman of the American Conservative Union, in a text message. “We fled to America with other Conservatives for Obama’s inauguration [Virginia] Mountains. For now, we are focusing on Georgia and ending illegal voting across the country. “

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