Trump Gets $534K Federal Rent Credit For DC Hotel

The Washington Post reports:

The General Services Administration granted a $534,000 rental credit to the Trump Organization’s D.C. hotel for providing “security, utilities and janitorial services” to support tours of the building’s clock tower run by the National Park Service, federal officials said, an adjustment that contracting experts say illustrates the highly unusual arrangement between the company owned by President Trump and the federal government.

Leasing experts said it’s difficult to determine whether the government was justified in giving the Trumps a credit toward their rent, which according to the GSA amounted to a total of $533,996.28 for 2016 (a year when the hotel was mostly under construction) as well as all of 2017.

The property comprises a unique mix of public and private uses, with the Trump Organization running a 263-room luxury hotel, the GSA charged with overseeing the historic 315-foot structure and Park Service staff — dressed in dark green and beige uniforms — operating free elevator rides in the northwest corner of the building up to an observation deck offering some of the best views of Washington.