Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees

Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees
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A hotel chain owned by Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandAmerica's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke Graham's 'impeach Kamala' drumbeat will lead Republicans to a 2022 defeat GOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE's ambassador to the European Union, is pushing back on a proposed boycott from a Democratic lawmaker, warning it would hurt workers.

Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states Pressure builds for Biden to back vaccine patent waivers White House: No decision yet on vaccine patent waiver MORE (D-Ore.) on Wednesday had called for a boycott of Sondland's hotels until the Trump administration official complies with House Democrats' request for documents in its impeachment probe.

Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels, a chain of six hotels in Portland. The area makes up a large part of Blumenauer's district.


“We are saddened to have our Congressman Earl Blumenauer call for a boycott that would put the livelihoods of thousands of his own constituents in peril. This attack on our employees is unwarranted,” Provenance Hotels spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottSondland has 'no intention of resigning,' associate says Three women accuse Gordon Sondland of sexual misconduct Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees MORE, Sondland's personal attorney, added in a separate statement to the radio station: "Congressman Blumenauer’s irresponsible attempt to hurt a homegrown business that supports hundreds of jobs in our local economy is just shameful and ought to outrage all Oregonians.”

Blumenauer called for the boycott on Twitter, arguing that "no one who cares about America should do any business or stay at any of Gordon Sondland's hotels until he fulfills his duty as a citizen to testify & turn over all relevant documents to the House.”

Sondland, who finds himself embroiled in House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump, reportedly talked to Ukraine about how to respond to Trump's request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Poll: Americans back new spending, tax hikes on wealthy, but remain wary of economic impact True immigration reform requires compromise from both sides of the aisle MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Last week, Sondland voluntarily offered to appear before a House committee to testify about what he knew, but the Trump administration blocked him from testifying.