Trump Organization drops plans to open new hotels amid scrutiny: report

The Trump Organization is postponing plans to open two new hotel lines across the U.S. because of the political "climate," Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpFive things we know about Dems' sprawling Trump probe Kushner to cooperate with Judiciary document requests Hispanic Caucus demands probe into Trump Organization hiring undocumented workers MORE told The New York Times.

“We live in a climate where everything will be used against us, whether by the fake news or by Democrats who are only interested in presidential harassment and wasting everyone’s time, barraging us with nonsense letters,” Eric Trump, one of the president's sons, said in a statement to the Times.


“We already have the greatest properties in the world and if we have to slow down our growth for the time being, we are happy to do it," he added.

Eric and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpFox's Chris Wallace challenges Nadler on whether no more indictments means no 'criminal collusion' Nadler willing to go to Supreme Court to obtain Mueller report Five things we know about Dems' sprawling Trump probe MORE, the president's eldest son, had planned to open two hotel chains — Scion and American Idea — in cities across the country, according to the Times.

The newspaper reported that those plans will be suspended indefinitely and likely for the remainder of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE's time in office.

The announcement from the company comes as it faces scrutiny from prosecutors and congressional Democrats, who have threatened to subpoena the company.

The Times, citing sources briefed on the matter, reported that potential partners were discouraged from working with the Trump Organization on the hotels project because of the possibility of extreme media coverage, as well as legal and financial vetting.

The company also faced local opposition to potential projects in places including Dallas and St. Louis, the Times reported.

The only deal the Trump Organization had landed for the project was with Diniesh and Suresh Chawla, local hotel owners in the Mississippi Delta, according to the Times. They had planned to collaborate on one Scion hotel and up to three American Idea hotels.

In a statement Thursday, the Trump Organization left the door open to eventually resurrecting that deal, the Times reported.

The Chawlas, in their own statement, signaled they were open to reviving the deal. 

"We hope that when the time is right, we can work with Trump Hotels again," they said, according to the Times.

Updated at 5:26 p.m.