House Democrats said Wednesday that the General Services Administration told them Donald Trump would breach his Washington hotel lease "the moment he takes office" unless he fully divests his interests in it, but the federal agency later disputed that characterization, saying it has not taken a position yet.
Trump's luxury hotel in the Old Post Office Building officially opened earlier this year. A provision in the lease with the GSA states that "No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom."
Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings, Peter DeFazio, Gerald Connolly and Andre Carson said in a statement that their offices received a briefing from the GSA's deputy commissioner after requesting more information from the agency on Trump's hotel.
"The deputy commissioner made clear that Mr. Trump must divest himself not only of managerial control, but of all ownership interest, as well," they said, adding that the GSA told them that the Trump Organization has not been in contact about the hotel.