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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Donald Trump's election as president means he can't lease Trump International Hotel from the government in Washington D.C. The lease on the government's historic Post Office Pavilion with Trump states, "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 ..." Steven L. Schooner and Daniel I. Gordon write for Government Executive, "The language could not be any more specific or clear. Donald Trump will breach the contract on Jan. 20, when, while continuing to benefit from the lease, he will become an 'elected official of the Government of the United States.'"

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Schooner and Gordon write, "The government should immediately end the hotel lease relationship, before Trump becomes president. In a perfect world, Trump and the GSA would negotiate a mutually agreeable termination of the lease or a novation/transfer to an unrelated firm. Nothing thus far suggests that President-elect Trump appreciates the need to do so. As a result, GSA must take unilateral action."

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Sounds like Ivanka just got herself a hotel.

#1 | Posted by REDIAL at 2016-11-29 08:10 PM | Reply

Can he rent the Lincoln room? Everybody else has!

#2 | Posted by Federalist at 2016-11-29 08:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Umm haven't you noticed? He doesn't care. Rules don't apply to him.

What's going to happen? The people he just hired are going to prosecute him?

He'll ignore this rule just like he does all the rest.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-11-29 08:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And then he'll blame the meeeeedia.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-11-29 08:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 And the Trumplings will happily ignore him ignoring this law.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-29 10:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sounds like Ivanka just got herself a hotel.

Can't give it to family either.

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2016-11-29 11:08 PM | Reply

Being considered family only via marriage, could Jared Kushner take control of the lease?

IIRC, Kushner has experience in the RE industry.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-11-29 11:16 PM | Reply

Can't give it to family either.

Perhaps Melania can scoop it in the divorce settlement?

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2016-11-29 11:22 PM | Reply

Maybe outsource it to his minions. Aren't they tax deductibles?

#9 | Posted by coyote at 2016-11-29 11:47 PM | Reply

I think Trump is pretty confident that his appointment of his new GSA administrator will bury this conflict of interest lease under a mountain of excuses until the whole thing disappear down a memory hole.

Morality doesn't appear anywhere on Trump's resume' so nobody should expect him to suddenly find some.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-11-30 12:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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#10 Spot on!

#11 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-30 07:14 AM | Reply

Trump: Clinton's charity? CONFLICT! Corrupt! Evil! Trading for favors!
Trump voters: So TRUE! Lock her up!
GOP Congress: We'll be investigating for years!

Trump: My Post Office Hotel? Lease is explicit? Ha! What conflict? When the President does it there's no conflict!.
Trump voters: Yeah - who cares? He's our savior!
GOP Congress: He's right. Nothing to see here.

#12 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-30 07:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

God bless Donald Trump for all the sacrifices that he's willing to make for the ungrateful masses.

#13 | Posted by cookfish at 2016-11-30 08:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 6

Transfer the lease to Putin, let him put his name on it. Case closed.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2016-11-30 08:39 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

I tried to tell you guys this would be a problem. If you think he is going to put his securities in a blind trust, you are crazy.

I simply don't see how he will be able to stay in office. And I'm not joking either.

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2016-11-30 09:00 AM | Reply

I simply don't see how he will be able to stay in office. And I'm not joking either.

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2016-11-30 09:00 AM

That's because you are a rational man, and also morally sane. I really don't think Donald, or the people who really like him, thinks the way you do

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2016-11-30 09:41 AM | Reply

He'll ignore this rule just like he does all the rest.
#3 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2016-11-29 08:49 PM | REPLY | NEWSWORTHY 3

Um you need to realize that he is not the President yet, once again he is not the President yet. I think you are referring to Hillary while she was SOS or Obama with his unconstitutional executive orders.

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2016-11-30 10:19 AM | Reply

Um you need to realize that he is not the President yet, once again he is not the President yet.

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2016

Is it too early too realize that Donald is the man he is? The man he is?

#18 | Posted by Zed at 2016-11-30 10:26 AM | Reply

"I think you are referring to Hillary while she was SOS or Obama with his unconstitutional executive orders."

Then almost every other President is guilty of the same unconstitutional activity, at least for the last 60 years. I predict that Donald Trump will be making executive orders at a pace never seen before. He believes he's been elected King.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2016-11-30 10:42 AM | Reply

Yes, the Constitution and contract say he can't own that hotel. But the only remedy if he chooses to ignore Constitution and contract is impeachment. Does anyone think a Republican House and Senate would impeach him? So he can and will ignore Constitution, law, and contract.

#20 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2016-11-30 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Um you need to realize that he is not the President yet, once again he is not the President yet. I think you are referring to Hillary while she was SOS or Obama with his unconstitutional executive orders.

#17 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

He ignores every other law. Why would he follow this one once he becomes president?

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-11-30 11:00 AM | Reply

Whether Trump stays in office depends on whether our government is functional enough to hold a president accountable when he breaks the law, presents a threat to the country for mental health reasons or commits some other egregious act.

I am extremely pessimistic about the idea that Trump will be held accountable for anything.

#22 | Posted by rcade at 2016-11-30 12:21 PM | Reply

Why do I care?

#23 | Posted by tmaster at 2016-11-30 12:29 PM | Reply

Donald Trump plans Dec. 15 announcement on business handoff
USA Today on MSN.com · (
www.msn.com) 2 hours ago
The President-elect tweeted early Wednesday that he will announce in December he is leaving his business 'in total' to focus on the transition and his eventual presidency.

#24 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-11-30 12:40 PM | Reply

The President-elect tweeted early Wednesday that he will announce in December he is leaving his business 'in total' to focus on the transition and his eventual presidency.

#24 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-11

I heard this on the radio, If the man says he'll leave it "in total", that's always been the minimum expectation.

It's not what he's been saying what he'd do so far.

#25 | Posted by Zed at 2016-11-30 12:49 PM | Reply

Now when is Donald going to release his taxes? Or are such things now so all-too 2008?

#26 | Posted by Zed at 2016-11-30 12:50 PM | Reply

Why do I care?

#23 | Posted by tmaster at

Hire me as a consultant. I'll tell you for an appropriate fee.

#27 | Posted by Zed at 2016-11-30 12:50 PM | Reply

God bless Donald Trump for all the sacrifices that he's willing to make for the ungrateful masses.

#13 | Posted by cookfish

Name one.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-11-30 01:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Still nothing?
Ok.

#29 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-30 05:32 PM | Reply

Whether Trump stays in office depends on whether our government is functional enough to hold a president accountable when he breaks the law, presents a threat to the country for mental health reasons or commits some other egregious act.

I am extremely pessimistic about the idea that Trump will be held accountable for anything.

#22 | Posted by rcade at 2016-11-30 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Back in May in an interview with Glenn Beck thriller novelist, Brad Thor expressed a similar foreboding:

"'It is a hypothetical I am going to suggest, as a thriller writer,' Thor said to Beck. ‘With the feckless, spineless Congress we have, who will stand in the way of Donald Trump overstepping his constitutional authority as president? If Congress won't remove him from office, what patriot will step up and do that – if, if, he oversteps his mandate as president? His constitutionally granted authority, I should say, as president. If he oversteps that, how do we get him out of office?' Thor added that he doesn't ‘think there is a legal means available. I think it will be a terrible, terrible position the American people will be in, to get Trump out of office, because you won't be able to do it through Congress.'"

www.redstate.com

#30 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2016-11-30 08:56 PM | Reply

What I find amusing about Trump's enablers on this forum is that they really believe that he is going to miraculously turn himself into a highly principled steward who is worthy of the job to which he's been elected.

That would indeed be a miracle.

Trump has never been anything but a self-serving ego-maniac who tramples and abuses anything that gets in the way of his personal enrichment.

President Obama called it right when he told us that the presidency doesn't change who you really are as a man ~ it enhances it. In Trump's case I think we can expect only one result. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Trump's enables, who are in denial at the moment, will inevitably find themselves in a defensive position trying to justify their unfortunate choice of a president as Trump escalates his warped policy positions to dangerous extremes. Make no mistake ~ Trump has no compunction about abusing the power you have given him. It is, in fact, the modus operandi he has employed his entire life.

Take a bow all you enables. You've just thrown America under the bus.

#31 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-12-01 02:28 AM | Reply

What I find amusing is that you can even show your face here after your childish pre-election chatter.

#32 | Posted by cookfish at 2016-12-01 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What I find amusing is that you can even show your face here after your childish pre-election chatter.

#32 | Posted by cookfish at

Your turn to find something to do with your face starting early in February.

#33 | Posted by Zed at 2016-12-01 02:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm surprised she can type and chew crow at the same time.

#34 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2016-12-01 02:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

COOKFISH & CHAIR

Only the foolish and immature engage in such antics. I accept your status as poor, ungracious winners which comes as no surprise.

#35 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-12-01 04:32 PM | Reply

I also might mention that I have been wondering who would be the first on this site to try and curtail my freedom of speech with mockery.

My goodness, look who it turned out to be. COOKFISH and CHAIR.

Tsk, tsk.

Newsflash guys. It won't work. ~ LOL

#36 | Posted by Twinpac at 2016-12-01 05:35 PM | Reply

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