Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sheriff Clarke spotted at Trump DC Hotel bar, but...

For the love of God, don't hassle the man 
David Clarke by Gage Skidmore.jpg
should you see him where The New York Times spotted him
David A. Clarke Jr., the Milwaukee County sheriff, a Fox News regular and a Trump supporter, was camped in the bar sipping Stoli Cranberi vodka. Among the other guests were Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a billionaire businessman and politician from Indonesia who is Mr. Trump’s business partner in two hotel projects there, and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York.
Of course, The Times notes the bigger story: 
It was a telling destination for those visits Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Perhaps more than any other location in Mr. Trump’s far-flung real estate empire, this 263-room hotel epitomizes the convergence of Donald Trump the global businessman and Donald Trump the president-elect.
Conflicts that for months have been theoretical are now about to become real — most immediately a possible challenge by the federal government. It owns the building that houses Mr. Trump’s hotel and has granted him a 60-year lease. From the moment he is sworn in as president at noon Friday, Mr. Trump may be in violation of that lease, given a provision that appears to prohibit federal elected officials from renting the Old Post Office building, the Pennsylvania Avenue landmark that houses the hotel, from the government.

1 comment:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

It's notable that, in typical Trump fashion, the Old Post Office deal was predicated on the inclusion of an experienced preservation architect on the team to maintain the historic fabric of the building. Not long after the deal was finalized, Trump fired this architect (stiffing some of his fees, I am sure) and used one who was much less sensitive to the character of the building. I have heard the results defined as 'garish'.