Trump considers selling DC hotel

The Trump Organization is considering the sale of the rights to its Washington, D.C., hotel amid scrutiny of the property involving federal ethics laws.

The building that houses the Trump International Hotel is owned by the federal government but leased to the Trump Organization. The 121-year-old building is the former Old Post Office and is located blocks from the White House in the heart of the city.

"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," Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpMia Farrow resurfaces photo of Trump sons with dead leopard after signing of animal cruelty bill Eric Trump promotes Trump wine as Sondland testifies: 'Perfect day for a nice bottle of this' Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE, a company executive vice president and son of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE, said in a statement.

“People are objecting to us making so much money on the hotel, and therefore we may be willing to sell," he added.


The real estate firm JLL has been brought on to market the property, The Wall Street Journal first reported Friday. The newspaper reported that company said the move is partially motivated by concerns about the Trump family's adherence to ethics laws. 

"We look forward to working with Jones Lang LaSalle and simply could not be more proud of what we have accomplished as an organization,” Eric Trump said in his statement, which was obtained by The Hill.

People familiar with the matter told The Journal that the company hopes to gain more than $500 million for the leasing rights. The lease is reportedly about 100 years long. 

The Trump family's business was thrust into the spotlight last week after a now-scrapped plan was announced to hold the Group of Seven (G-7) summit at the company's Miami-area resort. Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney: 'Politics can and should influence foreign policy' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing MORE had said the Trumps would not profit from the decision. 

Questions were also raised when Vice President Pence stayed at a Trump property in Doonbeg, Ireland, rather than in Dublin, where he was meeting with Irish officials.

Democrats and outside watchdog groups have long raised questions about Trump profiting off his D.C. hotel and other Trump-branded properties while in the White House. The hotel in Washington opened shortly before Election Day in 2016.

Trump broke precedent when he was elected president by declining to sell his businesses. He instead put them into a trust controlled by his two adult sons.

– Brett Samuels contributed reporting

Updated: 2:42 p.m.