OVERSIGHT CHAIR DEMANDS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NOT GRANT RELIEF TO TRUMP ORGANIZATION AMID PANDEMIC
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has warned the Trump administration against allowing a government agency to issue rent reductions for Washington, D.C.'s Trump International Hotel.
Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) issued the statement Tuesday night, along with Rep. Gerald E. Connelly (D-Va.), who chairs the Subcommittee on Government Operations. A New York Times report from earlier in the day had suggested that the Trump Organization was seeking rent relief that may be offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic by the General Services Administration (GSA), the agency that owns the property the hotel is leasing.
"If these new reports are accurate, it appears that the President's company is now seeking rent reductions from GSA—which of course reports to him," the statement reads. "Our Committee and ethics experts across the political spectrum have long warned of these blatant conflicts of interest, and it is time for GSA to finally stand up to the President and grant no rent reductions for the Trump Hotel."