Posted: 12:19 pm Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Donald Trump buzzed into the nation’s capital on Wednesday for a few hours, helping to launch the grand opening of his new hotel that sits just five blocks from the White House, where he hopes to take up residence next January.
“With the notable exception of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this is the most coveted piece of real estate in Washington, D.C.,” Trump said, as he said his renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion is a metaphor for what he wants to do nationwide.
“My theme today is five words, “under budget” and “ahead of schedule,” that’s what we did,” Trump said to applause from a small group of invited guests.
TRUMP: "The Unites States is great. It's people are great." pic.twitter.com/yIubLKqn8T
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) October 26, 2016
While the event was a ribbon-cutting, Trump made sure to work some lines from his stump speech into the gathering.
“Obamacare is in free fall, with premiums going up massively,” as Trump labeled the health care changes made by President Obama as, “unaffordable, unusable.”
Trump also singled out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the crowd, and complimented him on his television showdown last night with Megyn Kelly of Fox News.
“Congratulations, Newt on last night; that was an amazing interview,” Trump said.
Spotted at the Trump hotel grand opening Newt Gingrich. He said he has nothing to add to Megyn Kelly intv "I don't think so, just watch it."
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) October 26, 2016
“We don’t play games,” Trump added.
Trump’s next stop is a pair of rallies later today in North Carolina.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.