The Wall Street Journal: Trump International Hotel in Washington is being put on block by Trump Organization

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The Trump Organization is exploring a sale of the rights to the company’s opulent Washington, D.C., hotel, a move it says is motivated partly by criticism that the Trumps are flouting ethics laws by profiting from the property.

President Trump’s family business has hired the real-estate firm JLL to market the Trump International Hotel, Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, told the Wall Street Journal.

A number of groups have over time expressed interest in buying the hotel, Eric Trump said in a statement. “Since we opened our doors, we have received tremendous interest in this hotel and as real-estate developers, we are always willing to explore our options,” he said.

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He added that scrutiny of the hotel’s profits was another reason the family is considering a sale: “People are objecting to us making so much money on the hotel, and therefore we may be willing to sell.”

The 121-year-old building is the former Old Post Office and is near the National Mall. It is owned by the federal government and is leased to the Trump Organization by the General Services Administration.

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