For Republican Party players, the Trump Hotel is the only place to stay.
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At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel's balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak – well-done, with ketchup – while chatting up British Brexit politician Nigel Farage.After Trump's speech, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned to his Washington residence – the hotel – and strode past the gigantic American flag in the soaring lobby. With his tiny terrier tucked under an arm, Mnuchin stepped into an elevator with reality TV star and hotel guest Dog the Bounty Hunter, who particularly enjoyed the Trump-stamped chocolates in his room.The $200 million hotel inside the federally owned Old Post Office building has become the place to see, be seen, drink, network – even live – for the still-emerging Trump set.A stay at the hotel gives someone trying to win over Trump on a policy issue or political decision a potential chit.That's what concerns ethics lawyers who had wanted Trump to sell off his companies as previous presidents have done.Trump can see his hotel from the White House.Deason ran into the Trumps and fellow Texas donor Gentry Beach while at a meeting at the hotel that day with Trump's campaign adviser Rudy Giuliani.
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