Interesting, and probably highly suspected among many.
A new report claims the director for revenue management for Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. is claiming that rather than having passed off his company to be president, Donald Trump is still very much involved in his family business.
From the Washington Examiner:
Jeng Chi Hung reportedly sent an email to an acquaintance on Sept. 12 detailing his interactions with the president, according to the Daily Beast, which reviewed the email.
“The company is interesting to work for being under the Trump umbrella. DJT is supposed to be out of the business and passed on to his sons, but he’s definitely still involved … so it’s interesting and unique in that way,” Hung wrote. “I had a brief meeting with him a few weeks ago, and he was asking about banquet revenues and demographics. And, he asked if his presidency hurt the businesses.
“So, he seems self-aware about things, at least more than he lets on. I am far left leaning politically, so working here has been somewhat of a challenge for me. But, it’s all business.”
That last part, about his being far left leaning is the only thing Trump’s defenders will need to see, but it goes on.
Hung would not specify when he met with Trump. We do know Trump met and had dinner with administration officials at the hotel on July 29. Whether he found time to squeeze in a meeting with Hung, who knows?
The managing director of the hotel is crying “Foul!”
“This is total nonsense,” Mickael Damelincourt told the outlet. “Upon review of the email referenced in your inquiry, we have met with the individual and he has confirmed that he made these comments up in an effort to enhance his sense of importance to a former employer. In fact, this individual confirmed to me today that he has never met the President nor did any conversation ever take place. We are continuing to investigate this matter internally.”
Trump’s holdings were said to be placed in a trust, and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric are running the business, now.
So was Hung just puffing, or is there anything to it?
We may not know until 2020, when all the previous 4 years of dirt is dredged up.