Donald Trump’s company is looking to open a second Washington hotel, part of a nationwide expansion, which may create another venue he stands to reap the financial benefits from customers doing business in the D.C., according to the Washington Post.
In recent months, representatives of the Trump Organization — now run by the president’s adult sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump — have made inquiries that would convert one of the several boutique, medium-sized hotels and reopen them under the company’s new Scion brand. The hotels are located in affluent neighborhoods both in and near downtown.
The Scion hotels would be owned by other developers and would pay Trump’s company for licensing rights and management, making them more affordable. This differs from the luxurious Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, which Trump and his family own.
“They’re trying hard to do Scion in this market and they’re trying hard in other markets also,” developer Brian Friedman, who owns the Carlyle Hotel in Dupont Circle and Kimpton Glover Park, told the Washington Post.
The Trump International Hotel has hosted political groups and foreign officials as clients. It’s one of four Trump properties the president has spent time in, totaling a visit every three days.