Published On: Sat, Jan 12th, 2019

Government Watchdog Demands To Know Why The Only National Park Open During Shutdown Is One Housing Trump Hotel

The exterior of Trump International Hotel in D.C.

A government watchdog group is demanding to know why the federal government found the money to keep just one national park open and fully staffed — which just happened to the in the same building as Donald Trump’s international hotel in Washington, D.C.

The group Citizens for Ethics has requested documents related to the opening of the Old Post Office Tower in Washington, which came as all other national parks had to send staff members home as the shutdown started in late December. Just after the shutdown started, the General Services Administration, which leases the Old Post Office Tower to the Trump Organization to run Trump International Hotel, announced that it would fund the re-opening of the tower during the shutdown.

Citizens for Ethics now wants to know whether the decision to re-open the national park was at all related to the fact that Trump owns a hotel in the same building.

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Government Watchdog Demands To Know Why The Only National Park Open During Shutdown Is One Housing Trump Hotel