Trump’s DC Hotel Jacked Up Its Rates As Trump Hinted At DC-Based Convention
As President Trump suggests he might make his nomination speech at the White House on August 27, his Washington, D.C., hotel has raised room rates for the convention dates by more than 60 percent, according to The Daily Beast.
- Listings on Hotels.com for that on the night of Trump’s address, the cheapest rooms for one adult are $795 a night and go all the way up to $2,070.
- This spike is a massive increase from the starting rate of $495, which is the rate for the week before and week after the president’s scheduled speech.
- The Daily Beast reported:
For three days before Trump’s scheduled speech—which were originally scheduled to be the dates of the GOP convention in Charlotte, North Carolina—the hotel is charging $695 a night for its cheapest room. The hotel will begin charging $795 that Thursday, and continue through the weekend, before dropping back to $495 on Monday.
- Meanwhile, “other luxury hotels in D.C. are cutting their rates: accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental on August 27 begin at $367, while a comparable room at the Fairmont Washington will run $263.”
- The Daily Beast noted that “Trump said he would “probably” hold his speech from the White House itself,” though ethics experts have “questioned the move as a potential violation of the Hatch Act which prohibits federal government employees from engaging in some forms of political activity.”
- Trump defended the idea later in the day, saying, “There is no Hatch Act because it doesn’t pertain to the president.”
- If the president ultimately holds the speech at the White House, it would draw in a number of party insiders and Trump supporters to D.C., most of whom would need accommodation.
"If it's in D.C., and all these people are coming in to be around a big event for him, they will almost certainly be going to the Trump Hotel,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director at the ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Every major Trumpworld figure will be there.”
- Libowitz added:
"I don't think there's any coincidence at all. This is a clear pattern for how the president makes money off the presidency. It's one of those things; a lot of it is about optics and perceptions and ethical norms. This is not the sort of thing we would expect a president to do.”