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Trump: DC hotel will be among world's best

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- Donald Trump has big plans for the Old Post Office building, a historic structure in downtown Washington that he's pledging to transform into the city's most luxurious hotel. As for the White House, four blocks away? He's not saying.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star was all business in his visit to the nation's capital Wednesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking outside the 115-year-old building - shaking hands, posing for pictures with gold-plated shovels and praising Democratic political leaders for their cooperation.

The Old Post Office is on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol. Its 315-foot clock tower is the third-tallest structure in the District of Columbia, trailing only the Washington Monument and a Roman Catholic basilica, and it offers rare panoramic views of downtown.

Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best

Built to house the U.S. Post Office Department headquarters, the Romanesque Revival building has been underutilized in recent years, housing small vendors that catered mostly to tourists. The Trump Organization won a $200 million contract with the federal government to turn it into a luxury hotel with 270 guest rooms and suites, restaurants, retail and a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. Trump hopes the renovation will be finished in mid-2016, before the next presidential election.

"It's really the best location in D.C. by far. I mean, everybody acknowledges that," Trump said in an interview after the ceremony. "We're going to do a building the likes of which D.C. has never seen. I think it will be one of the fine hotels anywhere in the world, and maybe the finest."

Trump, a Republican, has openly pondered a presidential bid on multiple occasions. Asked whether building a hotel so close to the White House would rekindle his political ambitions, Trump said only that he wanted to share his vision of success with the nation's capital.

"It will show how to get things done because we know how to build, we know how to create beautiful things, important things, and we know how to create jobs," he said. "That's what the country has to be doing."

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District in Congress, has led the push to renovate the building and said the government has found ideal partners in Trump and his daughter Ivanka, the lead developer on the project.

"Look at what the Old Post Office had been reduced to - something of an ugly duckling on Pennsylvania Avenue," Norton said. "I think we're about to see the grand old lady back in her iconic glory."

Because the building will become a Trump International Hotel, it will carry Trump's name, but with more subtlety than he's known for.

"The name will be on it somewhere," Trump said, "but it will be very discreet."

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stepnet3 July 23 2014 at 9:04 PM

Trump may as well move into the White House. Obama is never there. Why even now as Israel faces war, Russia ramps up their military and his justice department is embroiled in scandals, O is out panhandling here in California. Doesn't he know the election is over?

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ronandjen2 July 23 2014 at 8:01 PM

Successful, intelligent and dripping with class family. Capitalism at its best. This is American. Not sitting in a park protesting for freebies.

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ram4131 July 23 2014 at 10:39 PM

Say what you will about Trump.....the man doesn't Ponzi scheme, short sell stock, or fleece 401k's. He creates jobs and has tangible results for his investments that are benefitting the city wherever the project may be. Name someone else who spends $$$$$$$$ for the long term.

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billybuttlooker July 23 2014 at 7:30 PM

that's the closest he will come to the White House

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YourFtr July 24 2014 at 12:31 AM

None of the Casinos in Atlantic City are Viable; because the middle class has been wiped out and Benignly Neglected under the Obama Regime.

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cigarpal July 23 2014 at 7:13 PM

trump is a lying meat sack

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aaldrew cigarpal July 23 2014 at 8:17 PM

No. You're thinking of Obama or Hillary that's the lying meatsack.

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desertwst aaldrew July 23 2014 at 8:27 PM

They are amateurs compared to this egotist idiot.

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ColdNKC aaldrew July 26 2014 at 2:40 PM

aaldrew..No that would be Bush and Cheney. Look up lies in the dictionary and you will find them both.

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faturism cigarpal July 26 2014 at 2:45 PM

To whom did he lie? Typical taker, make unfounded statements expecting people to think they're true. Your kind just can't stand people who actually work for a living and become successful. Remember you have the right to life, liberty and the PERSUIT of happiness.
What have you accomplished?
Didn't think so

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stengernc July 23 2014 at 7:07 PM

This will be a watering hole for shading GOP dealings. Trump like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Dick Cheney, Karl (Hi Hitler) Rove, the Koch Brothers and Rush Limbaugh will all be showing up....it will be a real media circus of the worst of the worst.

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brian05487 July 23 2014 at 7:20 PM

Does anyone have 50 million, with Trump at the helm it will be a few years and the property will be in trouble just like the rest of the ones with his name on. Maybe another bankruptcy coming also.

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Georgia brian05487 July 26 2014 at 3:00 PM

Trump didn't EARN his money, he inherited it. Of course then he lost it and then he got it back again. His money like most of us with anything left after the Bush days has grown a lot with President Obama and VP Joe Biden at the helm. I thank God for them everyday.

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rude July 24 2014 at 12:12 AM

I loved that Old Post Office Building and now it will become another Trump Dump of excess and a tribute to all that is tacky in Donald's narrowminded world.

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faturism rude July 26 2014 at 2:42 PM

Read the article before making statements, you won't look ignorant

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mike July 23 2014 at 11:28 PM

Infuriating! Money grubbing buffoon cashing in on the biggest act of treason I have witnessed in my lifetime. Selling off New Deal Post Office buildings built for all Americans benefit . Because a couple of huge corporations using their lobbyist and our own crooked politicians in 2006 to dramatically increase their profits by destroying the largest shipping infrastructure on earth the USPS. All I see in this picture is a soulless looter of the American people.

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