Nov 5, 2019

Struggling Trump Tower Chicago cuts amenities, costs to get by

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Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is struggling to bring in business amid political backlash against the president, the Washington Post reports.

Where it stands: County documents show profits between 2015 and 2018 for the hotel have fallen 89%, from $16.7 million to $1.8 million. Company lawyers are arguing to have the business' taxes lowered. To keep up, the lavish establishment is cutting costs by leaving jobs open, rolling back amenities and purchasing cheaper supplies.

  • Documents show other Chicago hotels are largely remaining steady.

The big picture: A number of President Trump's properties have struggled to keep steady since his administration began. While he visits the establishments often, bringing some benefit, many are still having to adjust.

Between the lines: Trump is also facing multiple allegations of violating the emoluments clause through his properties, which financially benefit from hosting the president and his events, as well as foreign dignitaries.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Trump was seeking to host the G7 at Trump's Doral resort, not the G20.

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RNC to host annual meetings at Trump Doral property

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The Republican National Committee will host its January 2020 meetings at Trump National Doral, President Trump's 800-acre golf club in Miami, an RNC spokesperson said, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Last month, Trump cancelled plans to host the G-7 summit at his Doral resort. Throughout his time in office, Trump has faced allegations of using his office to benefit his business.

Go deeperArrowNov 15, 2019

Trump says G7 summit will be held at Camp David

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President Trump announced at a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that next year's G7 summit will be held at Camp David.

Why it matters: Trump had initially said he would hold the summit at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, before outrage over the decision forced him to walk it back. Trump has faced allegations that he is using his office to enrich his own business throughout his entire presidency.

Go deeperArrowDec 3, 2019

All the people Trump says he doesn't know in the Ukraine investigation

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In a tweet Sunday, President Trump attacked Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, for her testimony in a closed-door impeachment hearing, calling her a "Never Trumper" while also claiming he doesn't know who she is.

The big picture: Over the past few weeks, the president has continually claimed that he does not know several of the key people involved in the impeachment inquiry — despite them serving in his own administration.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Nov 17, 2019