Gov’t makes decision on Trump’s D.C. hotel

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A federal agency has ruled that President Trump’s luxurious Washington D.C. hotel is not violating its lease that states no government official can profit from the property.

A clause in the Trump International Hotel lease agreement reads: “No elected official of the Government of the United States shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom,” as reported by the Government Executive.

Trump signed the document with the General Services Administration (GSA) in 2013, before his presidential campaign. The hotel opened last year.

It was only after Trump won the election that some ethics experts began questioning whether the newly-elected president violated the terms of his hotel’s lease agreement.

The GSA wrote a letter to the Trump Organization on Thursday stating that the agency has determined that the president’s hotel is in “full compliance” with the lease agreement.

“In other words, during his term in office, the president will not receive any distributions from the trust that would have been generated from the hotel,” Kevin Terry, the GSA’s contracting officer, wrote in the letter.

The GSA letter was also addressed to Donald Trump Jr., who with his brother and a Trump Organization executive have been put in charge to oversee the business while President Trump serves in the White House.

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