DC-area contractors claim Trump owes them more than $3 million

Two Washington, D.C.-area businesses that were contracted for work on Donald Trump’s new D.C. hotel are claiming that the president-elect owes them in excess of $3 million.

A&D Construction Inc., a small Virginia-based company that was responsible for installing crown molding and wall base in the luxury hotel, filed a lien on Nov. 9 claiming Trump owed it $79,900, The Washington Post reported.

According to that report, a lawyer for A&D Construction said the company did not have any formal interaction with the Trump Organization, but rather worked with another contractor on the job.

Days before Christmas, small plumbing company Joseph J. Magnolia Inc. filed a lien on the Trump International Hotel, saying Trump owed it $2.98 million for more than two years of work. The company “completed all plumbing, mechanical and HVAC work, along with site sewer, water, storm and water services” at the hotel, Joseph J. Magnolia Inc. said in its filing.

{mosads}The company’s president John Magnolia told The Post he had voted for Trump in November, and said Trump had paid for most of Magnolia’s work.

“I voted for the man and he seems to be surrounding himself as he has in the past with some pretty smart people and I wish him the best,” he said. “But we’ve got to take care of this, that’s all.”

The filings are not the first time Trump has been accused of not paying contracts on his various projects. The president-elect has bragged about refusing to pay people for work he’s not satisfied with, telling the Wall Street Journal in May that he likes to “hold back and negotiate when people don’t do good work.” 

But the liens could affect Trump’s lease on the Old Post Office Building, where his D.C. hotel is located. He rents the space from the General Services Administration — essentially the federal government’s landlord — and his lease requires him to notify the GSA of any liens within 10 days of them being filed. Unless Trump contests the claims, he would need to have them discharged within 30 days of filing.

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