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Trump International Hotel opens

Marketplace Staff Oct 26, 2016
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The Trump International Hotel pictured before its grand opening in Washington, D.C.
ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump International Hotel opens in Washington, D.C. today — a property that you likely heard Donald Trump mention during the presidential debates. 

Trump has used the renovation of the hotel, the former site of the U.S. Post Office headquarters, as an example of how he thinks the country should operate.

“But we’re opening the Old Post Office. Under budget, ahead of schedule, saved tremendous money. I’m a year ahead of schedule. And that’s what this country should be doing,” Trump said during his first time facing off with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

The luxury hotel reportedly encountered a series of problems prior to its official opening, according to Forbes. Two chefs pulled out restaurant leases following anti-immigrant sentiments expressed by Trump, and there are reports of discounted prices and vacancies in the hotel. 

When Trump held a campaign press conference at the hotel last month, his praises for his hotel made the event sound more like an advertisement for his new business than a political event. Here’s how we heard it:

 

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