Hotel trashed on Yelp in wake of Claudia Conway’s TikTok video

Trump properties slammed with poor ratings after video went viral of Kellyanne Conway’s daughter suggesting one-star reviews

The Trump Hotel D.C.’s been getting slammed on Yelp ever since a TikTok video of Kellyanne Conway’s daughter encouraging one-star reviews for Trump businesses went viral in late June.

High schooler and noted Trump-critic Claudia Conway posted a video on TikTok of her dancing under the text “would be shame if we all left one star reviews on all of trumps restaurants, hotels and golf courses 🥺”. While the date she published it isn’t clear as her account is now private, New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz shared Conway’s video on June 29. Lorenz’s tweet has since been retweeted more than 2,200 times.

Since that date, the Trump Hotel D.C. has received 46 one-star reviews on Yelp.

During that period the hotel has received just one review that wasn’t the lowest possible option: five stars from Kilgore T. who wrote, “Make sure to whisper Heil Hitler to the front desk to make sure you get complimentary Big Macs sent to your room.”

As probably the only non-Trump employee who regularly checks the hotel’s Yelp score, your correspondent can attest that such an onslaught is unusual.

Other properties hit by this reversible, virtual carnage apparently inspired by the daughter of one of the president’s closest advisers include Doral, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower.

Yelp, of course, does not verify that reviewers patronized a business before sharing their opinion of it.

For her part, Kellyanne Conway seems to be a fan of her boss’s hotel.


Trump Townhouse hosted latest episode of PragerU's Candace Owens Show

The pricest suite in the Trump Hotel D.C. served as the studio for the latest episode of PragerU’s Candace Owens Show, according to 1100 Pennsylvania’s analysis.

According to the hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, in a 2019 interview (different times!), a night in the hotel’s presidential suite, which is smaller than the Trump Townhouse, started at $17,500.

Conservative activist Owens has been a long-time loyal customer of the president’s businesses, both while in Turning Point USA’s leadership and individually. Trump Winery hosted her wedding in October 2019, while that spring her engagement party was held at the Trump Hotel D.C. (the latter according to Cockburn for Spectator USA).

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, on June 4 Owens was one of seven Black activists invited to discuss race relations with Vice President Mike Pence in his office. (On Twitter, Owens had been critical of Floyd.)

Meanwhile the founder of his eponymous school that “make[s] exceptional video content that advances Judeo-Christian values,” Denis Prager was at the Trump Hotel D.C. the evening before he testified to the Senate in July 2019 about how social-media companies suppress conservative voices.

The Prager University Foundation received a loan of $350,000 to $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, which can be converted into a government grant, according to information the Treasury Department released on Monday.


Companies with Trump Org ties received COVID-19 relief from the U.S. government

On Monday, the Treasury Department released data about some of the companies to have received loans that can convert into grants via the Paycheck Protection Program. Here are recipients with connections to the Trump Organization:

  • Sushi Nakazawa’s Trump Hotel D.C. location: $150,000–$300,000

  • Triomphe Restaurant Corp., owner of Jean-Georges in Trump Central Park: $2 million–$5 million

  • Vital Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Bang Energy drink [H/T Karl Evers-Hillstrom of Open Secrets]. Vital’s CEO, Jack Owoc, was at Mar-a-Lago for Kimberly Guilfoyle’s 2019 birthday party where he was photographed with Don Jr.: $5 million–$10 million

  • Dozens of tenants of Trump’s real estate company,” reported Jonathan O’Connell, Aaron Gregg, Steven Rich, Anu Narayanswamy, and Peter Whoriskey for The Washington Post

  • “Albert Hazzouri, a dentist frequently spotted at Mar-a-Lago”: $150,000–$300,000, reported Jack Gillum, Isaac Arnsdorf, Jake Pearson and Mike Spies for ProPublica

  • The Kushner family-owned Observer Holdings LLC as well as two of the family’s hotels, reported Lachlan Markay, Sam Brodey, William Bredderman, and Jackie Kucinch for The Daily Beast


Subscribe to 1100 Pennsylvania: Stay informed, support this reporting, and help restaurant workers in need

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 1100 Pennsylvania is donating 25 percent of all subscription revenue to the Restaurant Workers Relief Program.

The Lee Initiative, founded by James Beard Award winner Edward Lee, and Maker’s Mark’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program have “turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.” It offers help for those in need of food and supplies, packing hundreds of to-go meals a night. Now in 19 cities across the country, the program has served more than 150,000 meals.

You can learn more about The Lee Initiative and donate too at leeinitiative.org.

Paid subscriptions are 1100 Pennsylvania’s sole source of revenue—no ads, no grants. Just $5 a month or $50 a year. Support this reporting, ensure it continues, and now help restaurant workers and their families who need your assistance.


Notable sightings

A glimpse of the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. Most people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.

The MyPillow Guy, Mike Lindell—a GOP and Trump donor, Fox News advertiser, Rose Garden speaker, Oval Office visitor, and government contractor—posted a new photo from one of his regular haunts.

On July 4, Kevin Longacre, a government contractor for Booz Allen, and Camille Sheehan, a communications manager at industry group the Auto Care Association, wed at the president’s hotel. While COVID-19 apparently forced them to cull the guest list from 100 guests to 48, it appears social distancing was not required.


Other Trump Organization news


Reference section

Links to rundowns of developments in the House’s investigations and lawsuits, reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, and articles that provide the background on why all of this matters. The date published or last updated is in parentheses.

Trackers

Notable hotel customers

Summaries

Upcoming key dates

  • Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)

  • July 9, 2020Supreme Court decision due on Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight

  • July 8, 2020—Deadline for the Departments of State and Homeland Security to respond to The Washington Post’s lawsuit alleging the departments have failed to share records responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on government spending at Trump properties

  • Aug. 10, 2020—Scheduling conference before D.C. Superior Court in D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging improperly spent nonprofit funds by the Trump Hotel D.C. and Trump’s inaugural committee

  • Oct. 29, 2020—Mediation session in at least a one-time Trump appointee in the Commerce Department’s lawsuit against the Trump Hotel D.C., alleging a shard of glass from a sabered bottle of champagne left a gash in her chin


Thanks for reading! If you like what you’ve read, tell someone. If you’ve been forwarded this newsletter, subscribe at 1100pennsylvania.substack.com. Questions? Read our FAQ. Tips or feedback? Contact Zach Everson at 1100Pennsylvania@protonmail.com (it’ll be encrypted if you also use a ProtonMail account, which is free) or via Signal (secure), SMS, or mobile at 202.804.2744.

Trump course nabs president's business from other Trump course

Trump scratched weekend plans to visit one of his New Jersey courses and instead golfed at his Virginia club. Twice.

President Donald J.Trump golfed at his Sterling, Virginia course both days this past weekend, after tweeting Friday that he’d nixed a planned visit to his Bedminster, N.J. club “to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced.”

(It’s unclear what turmoil his course was experiencing, but it probably was antifa’s fault.)

The president, however, does appear to have worked while at his course: on Sunday, when the White House Press Pool reported Trump was at his club, his Twitter account deleted an earlier post that thanked supporters, one of whom yelled “white power” in an attached video.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accompanied the president on Sunday. According to government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, as of August 2019 Graham made more visits than any other member of Congress to Trump properties since their owner’s election.


As U.S. coronavirus cases top 2.5 million, many Trump businesses reopen

Daily confirmed new cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the United States. And so far more than 2.5 million cases have been diagnosed in this country with deaths from COVID-19 topping 125,000 according to Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, Trump properties across the United States and in three other countries recently have announced reopenings:


‘When the wind comes right behind the rain’: A second Oklahoma business group has booked the Trump Hotel D.C. for its lobbying fly-in

The State Chamber of Oklahoma has an exciting new headquarters for its D.C. fly-in in September: the Trump Hotel D.C.

The chamber is one of two pro-business organizations from Oklahoma holding its annual D.C. fly-in at the president’s D.C. hotel: the Oklahoma Bankers Association is slated to check in there nine days after the chamber checks out.

Per its webpage, the chamber is “Oklahoma’s business advocate.” And while its fly-in’s agenda is not yet available, according to the group [bold added], “Attendees will meet with influential lawmakers and national association leaders affecting policy now, as well as hear from Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation, federal agencies and issue experts directly.”

Fly-in attendance costs $400 to $600, with rooms at the president’s hotel running an additional $349. The sold-out 2019 fly-in was held at the Hotel Monaco and had an impressive list of corporate sponsors.


Subscribe to 1100 Pennsylvania: Stay informed, support this reporting, and help restaurant workers in need

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 1100 Pennsylvania is donating 25 percent of all subscription revenue to the Restaurant Workers Relief Program.

The Lee Initiative, founded by James Beard Award winner Edward Lee, and Maker’s Mark’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program have “turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.” It offers help for those in need of food and supplies, packing hundreds of to-go meals a night. Now in 19 cities across the country, the program has served more than 150,000 meals.

You can learn more about The Lee Initiative and donate too at leeinitiative.org.

Paid subscriptions are 1100 Pennsylvania’s sole source of revenue—no ads, no grants. Just $5 a month or $50 a year. Support this reporting, ensure it continues, and now help restaurant workers and their families who need your assistance.


Notable sightings

A glimpse of the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. Most people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.

Former acting Director of National Intelligence and U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell was at the Trump Hotel D.C. in a photo posted over the weekend. Grenell is such a good customer of the president’s businesses that he’s a rare Trump Card gold member, reported Shane Harris, Anne Gearan, and Jose Dawsey for The Washington Post in February.

David Tian Wang is a GOP donor who appears to be an unregistered agent working on behalf of China, Brian Spegele reported last week for The Wall Street Journal. Wang attended a $30,000 a person 2018 fundraiser for the president at his D.C. hotel, according to a post on Weibo at the time.

Lobbyist Will Watson—clients come from the “maritime, energy, medical, bio-pharmaceutical, agriculture (including hemp), mining and minerals and other industries”—saddled up to the president’s bar.


Other Trump Organization news


Reference section

Links to rundowns of developments in the House’s investigations and lawsuits, reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, and articles that provide the background on why all of this matters. The date published or last updated is in parentheses.

Trackers

Notable hotel customers

Summaries

Upcoming key dates

  • Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)

  • June or July 2020—Before postponement of oral arguments due to a coronavirus-related closure, Supreme Court decision due on Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight

  • July 8, 2020—Deadline for the Departments of State and Homeland Security to respond to The Washington Post’s lawsuit alleging the departments have failed to share records responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on government spending at Trump properties

  • Aug. 10, 2020—Scheduling conference before D.C. Superior Court in D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging improperly spent nonprofit funds by the Trump Hotel D.C. and Trump’s inaugural committee

  • Oct. 29, 2020—Mediation session in at least a one-time Trump appointee in the Commerce Department’s lawsuit against the Trump Hotel D.C., alleging a shard of glass from a sabered bottle of champagne left a gash in her chin


Thanks for reading! If you like what you’ve read, tell someone. If you’ve been forwarded this newsletter, subscribe at 1100pennsylvania.substack.com. Questions? Read our FAQ. Tips or feedback? Contact Zach Everson at 1100Pennsylvania@protonmail.com (it’ll be encrypted if you also use a ProtonMail account, which is free) or via Signal (secure), SMS, or mobile at 202.804.2744.

Trump Store selling $20 American flag-themed face masks

Programming note: 1100 Pennsylvania will not publish a new issue this week to allow your correspondent to focus on some other (Trump Hotel D.C.-related) reporting. All billing has been paused, so the week will not count towards paid monthly or annual subscriptions.

Trump Store now peddling American flag-themed face masks: ‘Look the part this summer’

The online Trump Store has started selling $20 American flag-themed face masks so the president’s customers can “look the part this summer.” While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings,” Donald J.Trump eschews wearing them.

In addition to featuring red and white horizontal stripes, the mask is “accented with the American Flag on the left center corner.” While your correspondent is no legal expert, coughing up COVID-19-infested spit into the flag seems like it should fall afoul of the United States flag code.

The president has retained his businesses, of course, and can profit from the purchase of these flag-themed masks.

Trump Store also sells $10 navy-colored face masks bearing the flag in the corner. These cheaper versions are in “popular demand”and not shipping until June 19 per the website. Trump Store claims both products are made in the United States.

The president’s retail store selling face masks does not appear to have been previously reported, although it’s not clear when they debuted. In May, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale debuted two Keep America Great-themed masks.

Last spring, Trump Store began carrying a cherry blossom collection that included four pieces of merch featuring the White House, as 1100 Pennsylvania reported at the time. A few weeks later, the president’s company said it would be discontinuing those items. More than a year has passed; they are still available.

In a January 2017 press conference at Trump Tower, Trump Organization attorney Sheri Dillon said that the president-elect “has also directed that no communications of the Trump Organization, including social media accounts, will reference or be tied to President-elect Trump’s role as president of the United States or the office of the presidency.”


On weekends, 1100 Pennsylvania recaps the week’s top stories. Select the day to go to that issue.

Wednesday

  • Two more White House staffers to exchange vows at president’s hotel: Trump Hotel D.C. will have hosted wedding celebrations for at least eight Trump administration staffers

  • Five Trump businesses announce plans to emerge from COVID-19-related closures

Read Wednesday’s 1100 Pennsylvania.


Friday

  • One tweet, ‘many’ issues: Trump claimed ‘many’ of his properties did not request bailout funds, but his administration refuses to disclose any recipients

  • Conway and Carson among invitees to White House staffers’ Trump Hotel D.C. wedding

  • On Thursday, The MyPillow Guy, Mike Lindell—who’s a Trump business regular, Trump donor, Fox News advertiser, and government contractor—posted a photo of himself with the president in the Oval Office.

Read Friday’s 1100 Pennsylvania.


Subscribe to 1100 Pennsylvania: Stay informed, support this reporting, and help restaurant workers in need

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 1100 Pennsylvania is donating 25 percent of all subscription revenue to the Restaurant Workers Relief Program.

The Lee Initiative, founded by James Beard Award winner Edward Lee, and Maker’s Mark’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program have “turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.” It offers help for those in need of food and supplies, packing hundreds of to-go meals a night. Now in 19 cities across the country, the program has served more than 150,000 meals.

You can learn more about The Lee Initiative and donate too at leeinitiative.org.

Paid subscriptions are 1100 Pennsylvania’s sole source of revenue—no ads, no grants. Just $5 a month or $50 a year. Support this reporting, ensure it continues, and now help restaurant workers and their families who need your assistance.


Reference section

Links to rundowns of developments in the House’s investigations and lawsuits, reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, and articles that provide the background on why all of this matters. The date published or last updated is in parentheses.

Trackers

Notable hotel customers

Summaries

Upcoming key dates

  • Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)

  • June or July 2020—Before postponement of oral arguments due to a coronavirus-related closure, Supreme Court decision due on Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight

  • July 8, 2020—Deadline for the Departments of State and Homeland Security to respond to The Washington Post’s lawsuit alleging the departments have failed to share records responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on government spending at Trump properties

  • Aug. 10, 2020—Scheduling conference before D.C. Superior Court in D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging improperly spent nonprofit funds by the Trump Hotel D.C. and Trump’s inaugural committee

  • Oct. 29, 2020—Mediation session in at least a one-time Trump appointee in the Commerce Department’s lawsuit against the Trump Hotel D.C., alleging a shard of glass from a sabered bottle of champagne left a gash in her chin


Thanks for reading! If you like what you’ve read, tell someone. If you’ve been forwarded this newsletter, subscribe at 1100pennsylvania.substack.com. Questions? Read our FAQ. Tips or feedback? Contact Zach Everson at 1100Pennsylvania@protonmail.com (it’ll be encrypted if you also use a ProtonMail account, which is free) or via Signal (secure), SMS, or mobile at 202.804.2744.

Loading more posts…