Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington has ruled his election as president doesn’t violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property.

In a letter to the Trump Organization on Thursday, the General Services Administration says it has determined that the president’s business is in “full compliance.”

The lease for the Trump International Hotel expressly forbids any federal official from participating in the project, a $200 million renovation of a former Post Office building a few blocks from the White House. Numerous ethics experts have questioned whether Trump violated the terms of his lease the moment he took the oath of office.

Trump says he has transferred control of his business empire to his adult children.

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