Donald Trump opened the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C. in October of 2016. Just a few weeks afterwards, Trump captured the presidency. Since his inauguration, the hotel has been at the center of a number of emoluments clause criticisms.
High profile members of the GOP establishment are often spotted at the hotel bar or restaurants. On Wednesday night, while the President was on location at the hotel, Attorney General William Barr was seen having dinner there.
White House correspondent for ABC News, Katherine Faulders tweeted, “Spotted at the Trump Hotel while Pres is here downstairs —> AG Bill Barr who is currently upstairs at the restaurant.”
Spotted at the Trump Hotel while Pres is here downstairs —> AG Bill Barr who is currently upstairs at the restaurant.
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) May 22, 2019
Twitter users were quick to respond to the the reporter’s breaking news. Paul Fuji wrote, “Seems inappropriate that the AG would be spending money at Trump’s hotel.”
User @theywerestolen decided to reply with humor: “On the menu tonight: •Corruption Souffle •Baked Obstruction with Arrogant Glaze •Perjury Soup Bisque •Racism Brulee drizzled with Immigrant Pain.”
On the menu tonight:
•Baked Obstruction with Arrogant Glaze
•Perjury Soup Bisque
•Racism Brulee drizzled with Immigrant Pain
— Zelda (@TheyWereStolen) May 23, 2019
Finally, Hillreporter’s own, James Kosur, wrote to Faulders, “Was his food order sent to the chef in a memo nobody asked him to write?
This isn’t the first time a Republican visit to the DC Hotel has drawn controversy. In 2017 and 2018, Maine spent $22,000 on rooms for Republican Governor, Paul LePage and his staff. The bill was footed by the state’s taxpayers.
According to a report from the Washington Post, recently retired Pennsylvania Congressman, Bill Shuster was the biggest lawmaking spender at the hotel. Shuster had spent $28,849 there, second only to the $743,781 spent by President Trump.
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