Trumps en route

Lux­ury ho­tel open­ing in Van­cou­ver tak­ing heat

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - NEWS - Jen St. De­nis

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sons, Don­ald Jr. and Eric Trump, will be vis­it­ing Van­cou­ver soon to pro­mote the newly opened Trump Ho­tel here, ac­cord­ing to the New York Times.

The story, first pub­lished Feb. 13, says Trump’s sons will travel to Van­cou­ver in about a week to pro­mote the new ho­tel, which had a “soft launch” open­ing in Jan­uary. The broth­ers will be in at­ten­dance when the ho­tel holds an of­fi­cial open­ing party on Feb. 28, ac­cord­ing to Talk Shop Me­dia, a Van­cou­ver pub­lic re­la­tions firm.

As with ev­ery­thing to do with the con­tro­ver­sial new pres­i­dent, the Trump Ho­tel has at­tracted its fair share of crit­i­cism. In 2015, Van­cou­ver’s mayor, Gre­gor Robert­son, asked the de­vel­oper, Hol­born Group, to re­move Trump’s name from the lux­ury ho­tel and condo tower on West Ge­or­gia Street. Coun. Kerry Jang called the 69-storey tower, which promi­nently dis­plays the Trump name, a “bea­con of racism.”

Robert­son and Jang were at the time re­act­ing to Trump’s call for a com­plete ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the United States. Shortly af­ter tak­ing of­fice, Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der bar­ring im­mi­grants and per­ma­nent res­i­dents from seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries from en­ter­ing the United States — a di­rec­tive that has since been over­turned by U.S. courts.

Brent Tode­rian, for­mer chief plan­ner for the City of Van­cou­ver, has been vo­cal in his crit­i­cism of Hol­born for fail­ing to re­move the Trump name. “When you at­tach the Trump name to a build­ing, it’s Don­ald Trump’s name you’re at­tach­ing and ev­ery­thing that comes with it,” Tode­rian wrote to Metro in Oc­to­ber.

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