Donald Trump is reportedly on the verge of selling the rights to his hotel near the White House in Washington, a move which, according to the Axios website, would “carry an adversarial symbolism” as it would “remove Trump cheeky gold branding from Pennsylvania Avenue “would mean”.
However, reports from Iowa indicated that the former president is on the verge of announcing an attempt to return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, often dubbed the most powerful address in the world, with a candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2024.
According to the Des Moines Register, Congressman Jim Jordan, a close ally of Trump, told Republicans at a dinner Thursday in Dallas County, Iowa, “I think he will run. I want it to run. He has proven that he can withstand the heat. “
Jordan got hot himself after a liberal activist secretly taped his being more specific about Trump’s plans and told attendees, “President Trump, he will run again.” Jordan denied the comment before the footage was released.
Axios reported on the Trump Hotel on Saturday and said the Trump Organization was in “advanced talks” to sell the rights to the business in the old post office that Trump leased from the US government in 2013, two years before he announced his first presidential candidacy.
The hotel opened in September 2016, two months before Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for the White House. When Trump was in power, the hotel became a hub for government business and lobbying, making it a magnet for controversy.
Trump businesses, including hotel and golf resorts, have been hit hard by both the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s loss of power. On Friday, the Washington Post reported in Trump Tower in New York City about “imploding tenants, political backlash and a broader, pandemic-induced slump in office rentals in Manhattan.”
The Washington hotel “used to be the center of Trump World, but I can’t imagine who goes there now,” Sally Quinn, an influential Washington writer and journalist, told the Guardian in March. “… I can’t imagine most people staying there when they come. I don’t know anyone who goes or has gone there. “
Attempts to sell the hotel have been reported since 2019.
Quinn said, “I suspect anyone who buys it will take off all of the gold pieces and all of the trimmings and turn it into something very un-Trump-like.”
Trump survived two impeachments and has a tight grip on Republican politics and polls. He continued to raise funds and raise huge sums of money. Many believe he is considering a second White House campaign to fend off financial troubles and a series of criminal and civil investigations.
He has ditched any notion of post-presidential decency and loudly criticized his successor Joe Biden for beating him in an election that Trump continues to claim was rigged without evidence.
In the video, secretly recorded in Iowa, Jordan was asked if he really believed Trump was ready to declare another run.
“I know,” he said. “Yes, I spoke to him yesterday. He’s about to announce after all this madness in Afghanistan. “