It seems the president-elect isn’t the only Trump fond of ripping off employees and contractors, as Ivanka Trump is seemingly quick to follow in her father’s footsteps.
The Old Post Office Hotel in Washington, D.C. reopened this past September as the Trump International Hotel and is already facing a series of problems, the Washington Post reports.
First off, questions have arisen regarding a possible conflict-of-interest with Trump’s role as president and the hotel’s building lease. Let’s keep in mind, however, that this is the Trump family, so that’s far from the only issue that’s come into question.
As the hotel prepared for opening, 45 workers from AES Electrical in Laurel, Md., were required to work 12-hour shifts for nearly 50 days in a row to ensure the hotel’s electrical and fire systems were prepared in time for its opening.
Tim Miller, executive vice president of AES Electrical told the Post:
‘We had people there well over 12 hours a day for weeks because they had a hard opening of Sept. 12 and you can’t open if the lights don’t work and the fire alarms don’t work and the fire marshal can’t inspect it. There is a lot of work that went into that hotel, and it didn’t happen by accident.’
In the end, the hotel was completed for the grand opening on September 16th, with Mr. Trump bragging about the fact it was completed ahead of time and under budget. What he failed to mention, however, is that he ceased paying AES.
According to reports, three days before Christmas, a fed-up AES filed a mechanic’s lien with the D.C. government, claiming they were ripped off of almost $2.1 million.
John D. Magnolia, the plumbing company’s president who voted for Trump in the presidential election, told Wonkette:
‘Unfortunately Mr. Trump and Ivanka and so forth, they are I guess preoccupied by other matters now. They are trying to go run the country. So we’ll just see what happens.’
In an email statement to the Post, the Trump Organization deflected from the issue at hand, writing:
‘In developments of this scale and complexity the filing of nominal liens at the conclusion of construction is not uncommon as part of the close out process.’
The email went on to justify its inability to pay contractors by referencing the Trump Organization’s investment in the redevelopment of the hotel:
‘In the case of Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C., the Trump Organization has invested over $200 million dollars into the redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office and is incredibly proud of what is now considered to be one the most iconic hotels anywhere in the country.’
Miller claims reaching out to the media was not to meet any kind of political agenda, but rather to ensure his company is paid for the work they did months ago.
‘We’re not in this for any sort of political reasons. We have no ax to grind, political or otherwise. We’re a business. We have 700 employees that we pay every week. We have bills. We are effectively financing this work, and we don’t think it’s right.’
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