Obama and Romney’s hotel deal: A bargain?
In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama praised the “innovative” deal struck by the Trump campaign to rent a new hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., for a cost of $750 million.
But on Thursday, Mitt Romney made it clear that he had yet to make a decision on a bid for the presidency, with the presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign citing “no specific plans” on a hotel deal for either candidate.
“Mitt Romney is not planning to build a new Trump Tower in the United States, according to the campaign,” said spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.
“But, for the sake of transparency, we will have a look at the offer we made and will let you know if it is one of our candidates.”
Romney’s campaign also declined to answer questions about a possible hotel deal that he made to the National Enquirer in May.
Romney is the only GOP presidential candidate not to hold a press conference during the campaign to discuss his or her campaign plans.
The campaign has released no details on a possible deal.
Romney’s office did not respond to requests for comment about a potential deal.
The Trump campaign has not released any details on its plans for the hotel, which has not been announced.
Romney and his wife, Ann, are the only two members of the presidential ticket not to attend the inaugural festivities.
The former Massachusetts governor and his vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, have been the subject of rumors of a potential hotel deal in the past.
A leaked audio recording from a 2005 hotel meeting between Romney and Donald Trump was published in The Washington Post in May and is widely considered to be the source of the controversy.
During the discussion, the pair discussed building a new casino in Atlantic City, N.J., but the pair denied any potential deals for a Trump Tower.
“We’ve got a very good relationship with Donald Trump, and we’ve had good meetings,” Romney said.
But we’re not planning on building a hotel in the U.S. We have no plans at this point.” “
There are a lot of people who are interested in building a Trump, so we’ll see how it plays out.
But we’re not planning on building a hotel in the U.S. We have no plans at this point.”
The hotel, designed by renowned architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and constructed by the New York-based firm of KKR, was slated to open in 2018.
The hotel was to be located at Trump Tower and the Trump International Hotel, and the project has since been scaled back.
Trump has since denied any such plans and called the leaked recording a “fabrication.”
Romney and Pence have also been the subjects of speculation about potential deals to buy the Old Post Office building, located on Pennsylvania Avenue and adjacent to the White House.
Trump also has been a vocal critic of the construction of the Trump-owned hotel, arguing that it is the “greatest real estate scam in the history of America.”