Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies stay at the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs
On 25 July, the conservative Heartland Institute is slated to host a one-day meeting at the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. It will feature leading climate science deniers who will discuss issues like the benefits of ending the Democrats war on fossil fuels, according to the institute.
Last month, as Donald Trump was kicking off his 2020 campaign and boasting again of draining the swamp of Washingtons powerful lobbyists and elites, a couple of dozen oil and gas executives with the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance were checking into the presidents hotel before a day of schmoozing with Republican House leaders and cabinet officials.
Welcome to the Trump hotels lucrative influence-peddling swamp in the heart of Washington DC.
Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun industry groups, conservative bigwigs, members of Congress, Trumps 2020 campaign, foreign delegations and all manner of Trump allies flock to his landmark Washington DC hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdog groups, former Republican members of Congress and policy analysts.
Influence peddling by lobbyists, Republican donors and foreign government representatives who have frequented the Trump hotel for meetings and overnight stays helped to generate about $81m in hotel revenues for Trump through 2018, according to his financial disclosure forms.
The symbiotic ties between Trumps hotel which the president benefits from financially while his two eldest sons manage his real estate empire and Washingtons lobbying and conservative worlds, have become commonplace in the Trump era. They have prompted lawsuits alleging foreign payments to the hotel violate an anti corruption clause in the constitution and prompted critics to say Trump is literally profiting from his presidency.
Energy producers maximize their chances of getting every last thing they want out of the administration by spending as much as they can at the Trump hotel, said Jerry Taylor, the head of the Niskanen Center, a nonpartisan DC thinktank that has rebutted climate skeptics and backs alternative fuels. This is a transactional administration that pays attention to such things.
Taylor called the Trump administration easily the most corrupt and swampiest, if you will in American history.