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The U.S bids farewell to the Trump Hotel, which provided luxury and access

Trump claimed to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, DC, but instead opened his own quagmire, the Trump International Hotel, on Pennsylvania Avenue, attracting a dizzying array of conflicts of interest.

Washington:

The Trump International Hotel is a spectacular neoclassical palace steeped in more than a century of Washington mythology, occupying a whole city block a short walk from the White House.

The lobby bar is shaded in the winter sun by a big skylight as the nation’s power brokers sip $140 glasses of wine served in Hungarian crystal or $10,000 tumblers of vintage Macallan scotch.

After a drink, guests with $385 to spare can relax in one of the 263 majestic, wood-panelled rooms with luxury bedding and a “hydrafacial” beauty treatment downstairs.

“It’s a wonderful location,” Sean Spicer, a former White House spokesperson, said of the hotel, which will become a Waldorf Astoria in the new year, ending Donald Trump’s six-year tenure.

“It’s a place he’s incredibly proud of, and I believe it’s representative of the kind of administration he’ll lead.”

Spicer was proven to be correct.

Donald Trump campaigned on “removing the swamp” of Washington corruption but instead created his own quagmire on Pennsylvania Avenue, resulting in a bewildering array of conflicts of interest.

The 19th-century Romanesque Revival-style hotel became a magnet for top contributors, corporate lobbyists, and foreign governments attempting to buy influence during Trump’s four years in power.

When asked in 2016 about combining his day job with marketing his extensive business enterprise, Trump stated, “The law is entirely on my side, meaning the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

‘Influence peddling’ is a term used to describe the practice of selling influence.

The lobbying group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), monitored 150 foreign leaders who visited a Trump property during his presidency.

According to a congressional investigation, China, Kuwait, Turkey, India, Brazil, and Romania contributed $3.7 million to the Washington hotel.

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