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 SondlandSchiff: Impeachment testimony shows Trump 'doesn't give a shit' about what's good for the country The Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? Trump vs. 130 years of civil service MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax 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 BlumenauerHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension House to hold markup Wednesday on marijuana decriminalization bill 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 BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr 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.