"Coming 2016: TRUMP"— Patrick Collison (@patrickc) May 18, 2016
(In sight of the Capitol!) pic.twitter.com/xH8GMWjxBK
When it comes to psychological warfare and imagery, no politician tops Donald Trump this year. Barack Obama's act got old. Bill Clinton got old. Enter Trump.
Such a project takes years in planning and in lining up the finances.
So we can conclude that the day Mitt Romney lost the election -- blowing a three-foot putt -- Trump decided to run in 2016. The hotel project was independent of that, of course. If he passed on the election, he would still make a mint off this project.
But if he ran, the hotel would show he can Make America Great Again.
It opens in September, two months before the election.
From WTOP last February:
Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel will open to the public in September, a little more than two years after the $200 million renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion began.
The Trump International Hotel, at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, comes online after extensive renovations to the historic, 19th century building, including restoration of original wood milling and paneling and stonework.
The hotel has 263 rooms and suites, including the “Trump Townhouse,” a 6,300-square-foot suite with its own private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Trump International Hotel also will have a 13,200-square-foot Presidential Ballroom — one of the largest ballrooms in D.C.
The General Services Administration chose Trump’s bid to redevelop the property in 2012. In addition to the renovation costs, Trump is paying the federal government $250,000 a month in rent.Yuge.