The swamp's hotel
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TIME's latest cover story, "Why Donald Trump's Washington hotel is the capital's new swamp," by Alex Altman:
- "There's a seafood pyramid called 'the Trump tower' that costs $120."
- A former Trump campaign adviser: "Of course we hang out there. Everyone hangs out there. Being in the Trump hotel's lobby is a way to get people to know you."
- One longtime Republican power broker summed up the role the hotel is playing in Trump's Washington: "It is a magnet for unsophisticated foreign governments and companies to offer tribute. It does not work, but it's perceived as a path to influence."