Bombshell report on Trump’s DC hotel finds he exaggerated income, accepted foreign payments and concealed debt
Donald Trump (center) stands between his daughter Tiffany (left) and wife Melania (right) at the opening for Trump International Hotel in DC. Image via screengrab.

Former president Donald Trump reported that his downtown Washington hotel brought in $150 million in income while he served in the White House, but the hotel actually incurred more than $70 million in losses, according to a new report from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

"By filing these misleading public disclosures, President Trump grossly exaggerated the financial health of the Trump Hotel," the committee said in a news release Friday, when it unveiled hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the General Services Administration, which leased the federally owned property to Trump's company beginning in 2013.

The committee also found that when Trump first applied to lease the Old Post Office building in 2011, he provided the federal government with information that "appeared to conceal certain debts," NBC News reports.

"Records show Trump specifically didn't show outstanding balances for properties he owned in other major cities like New York, Chicago and Las Vegas, the panel said," according to NBC News. "The committee also said the newly obtained documents show that from 2017 through 2020, the Trump International Hotel in D.C. received about $3.7 million in payments from foreign governments, which it said raises 'concerns about possible violations of the Constitution's Foreign Emoluments Clause.'"

According to the Washington Post, top Democrats on the committee also allege that Trump "received preferential treatment from Deutsche Bank when the bank allowed Trump to defer payments for six years on the principal of the property's $170 million loan."

The Democrats said that the findings "raise new and troubling questions about former President Trump's lease with GSA and the agency's ability to manage the former President's conflicts of interest during his term in office when he was effectively on both sides of the contract, as landlord and tenant."


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