The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

He didn’t book rooms at Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s spec­tac­u­lar ho­tel in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal just three blocks east of the White House. And he didn’t seek ac­com­mo­da­tions at a Mo­tel 6 ei­ther.

“New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo was so ea­ger to cel­e­brate Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion, he booked 200 ho­tel rooms in D.C. for fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers of his own pos­si­ble fu­ture bid for the pres­i­dency,” re­ports New York Post colum­nist Richard John­son.

Mr. Cuomo snagged this big reser­va­tion at the iconic Madi­son Ho­tel, three blocks north of the White House. Alas, his plans went awry for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. What now? Fol­low­ing Mr. Trump’s win last month, a mem­ber of the gov­er­nor’s staff called Ed Cox, chair­man of New York’s Repub­li­can Party, to of­fer him the vast block of rooms in the Madi­son, which has 375 rooms al­to­gether. Iron­i­cally enough, it all worked out for the GOP.

“The best part is Cuomo booked so early, he locked in a re­ally low rate. Cox was grate­ful. Rooms in D.C. are a hot com­mod­ity right now,” a source told Mr. John­son.

Mean­while, Mr. Trump’s com­mand­ing ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton opened in Oc­to­ber in what was once the Old Post Of­fice build­ing, which boasts a 315-foot clock tower loom­ing over Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue. Mr. Trump’s ho­tel is booked solid un­til Jan­uary 23, three days af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion. When things do open up again, the cheap­est room is $625 a night, the most ex­pen­sive is the 6,300 square foot “Trump Town­house,” at $21,250 a night. Trump and his fam­ily will stay in Blair House, ad­ja­cent to the White House, dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, the tra­di­tional guest ac­com­mo­da­tion for an in­com­ing pres­i­dent.

For those in­ter­ested in how Repub­li­cans viewed Mr. Trump not so long ago, check out the vin­tage Poll du Jour at col­umn’s end, re­veal­ing in­sight from GOP vot­ers from one year ago.


Don­ald Trump’s spec­tac­u­lar new ho­tel in the Old Post Of­fice Build­ing, built in 1899, will cost $625 a night for the cheap­est room.

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