Trump's company is asking the Trump White House for rent relief? Yes.
The Trump International Hotel which is only a few blocks from the White House and pays at least $3 million a year to the federal government for its lease, says it is struggling to pay its bills and needs help.
While Trump and his family company own and operate the hotel, the actual building is federally owned. The ironic thing about all of this is that Trump's administration will be in charge of reviewing his family's claim of rent assistance.
According to the New York Times, Eric Trump, the president's son, says he is desiring to delay future monthly payments on the rent he owes the government. He also says he wants no special favoritism.
“Just treat us the same,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “Whatever that may be is fine.”
But, is that really possible?
Earlier in the month it was reported that the Trump organization had to lay off around 1,500 employees due to the pandemic. This is affecting Trump's properties not just around the corner from the White House but all over. To date, his family business has laid off or furloughed employees at hotels in New York, the District of Columbia, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Honolulu. Anywhere they can get rent relief, they are trying to do so.
Trump's family has been seeking financial assistance for most of the month now while President Trump's personal net worth has dropped more than $1 billion so far.