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Report: Trump DC Hotel employee wrote in email that Trump ‘is definitely still involved’ in Trump Org.
An email sent by the director of revenue management at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. suggests that President Trump is still involved in the management of the Trump Organization despite claims he has divested himself of his business interests, according to a new report by The Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast reports it obtained the email from director of revenue management Jeng Chi Hung to an acquaintance. In the email, Hung writes that Trump is "supposed to be out of the business and passed on to his sons, but he's definitely involved."
"I had a brief meeting with him a few weeks ago, and he was asking about banquet revenues and demographics. And, he asked if his presidency hurt the businesses. So, he seems self aware about things, at least more than he lets on," Hung wrote in the email.
It is unclear when the email was sent or when Hung met with president Trump. Hotel officials immediately refuted the contents of the email in statements to The Daily Beast.
The hotel's managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, said it was "total nonsense."
"This is total nonsense," Damelincourt told The Daily Beast. "Upon review of the email referenced in your inquiry, we have met with the individual and he has confirmed that he made these comments up in an effort to enhance his sense of importance to a former employer. In fact, this individual confirmed to me today that he has never met the President nor did any conversation ever take place. We are continuing to investigate this matter internally."
Upon entering the presidency, Trump handed over control of his businesses to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump in order to prevent possible conflicts of interest with foreign governments as prohibited in the "Emoluments Clause" of the Constitution.
Trump has faced a series of lawsuits over his alleged gains from foreign governments through his businesses since taking office, which have also said that the businesses have benefited unfairly from Trump being elected president.
A federal judge dismissed a high-profile lawsuit by a liberal watchdog group last week that claimed Trump has received "cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real estate deals abroad."
The judge dismissed the case because the plaintiffs had a "lack of standing."
Hung told The Daily Beast he could not comment on the email.