Raise your hand if you want to temporarily suspend or lower your rent or mortgage during the coronavirus crisis? You are not alone. We’d all love to suspend or lower those payments while the nation gets back on track. None more so than the 22 million Americans who have filed for unemployment in the last month.
The Trump Organization is asking the federal government for relief on their rental payments for the Washington D.C. hotel, according to The New York Times. The hotel was built in an old post office that is still owned by the federal government and leased to the Trump Organization. Even though it was a favorite of Republican grifters, MAGA fans, Republican politicians looking to suck up to Trump and lobbyists looking to corrupt, the Trump Organization had been trying to sell it in recent months. After the stock market collapsed in March, the sale was put on hold.
Now the Trump Organization is asking for the federal government to lower their $286,000 per month rental payments. The lease is maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA), the massive federal agency in charge of procurement for the federal government, which has the ultimate say in rent relief. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, has not commented on the matter. Eric Trump told The New York Times they were looking for the same treatment as anyone else.
At the end of the day, the billionaire president’s sons are out there trying to get a break for Donald Trump and themselves, but they have yet to advocate for a rent break for anyone else.