Trump made sure the government shutdown didn’t hurt his businesses.
“What people don’t realize is if you look at [Trump International Tower] there’s a nice little tower in it,” explained Senator Richard Ojeda. “That tower is actually a government facility and therefore is closed due to the government shutdown.”
Trump’s D.C. hotel boasts “panoramic views” from the clock tower deck as a “hotel highlight” on its website. So, according to Ojeda, Trump is figuring out how they can find funding to open the tower because the people that are using or staying in his hotel might want to go upstairs and check out the view. In other words, he’s trying to find the money to make sure that his business doesn’t suffer in the wake of the shutdown.
Trump’s insistence on a border wall has led to a weeks-long shutdown and 800,000 federal workers going without pay. But the federally-owned tower of his hotel reopened during the shutdown is raising questions about Trump’s conflicts of interest.
“This is absolutely the most self-serving president that we’ve ever had in this country,” stated Ojeda. “He has no concept of what life is like in terms of selfless service.”