Trump's 'Crown Jewel' Sign Torn Down As New Owners Claim Flagship D.C. Hotel

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is no more.
Workers remove the signage for the Trump International Hotel on May 11, 2022, in Washington. The lease to the Washington, D.C., hotel run by Donald Trump's family company while he was president, has been sold by his family company to a Miami-based investor fund.
Workers remove the signage for the Trump International Hotel on May 11, 2022, in Washington. The lease to the Washington, D.C., hotel run by Donald Trump's family company while he was president, has been sold by his family company to a Miami-based investor fund.
AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe

The signs at the Trump International Hotel in Washington ― once described as the “crown jewel” of Donald Trump’s real estate empire ― came down Wednesday night just hours after new owners took control over the property.

CGI Merchant Group, an investment firm that includes former MLB superstar Alex Rodriguez and former boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, struck a deal last year to buy the hotel for $375 million.

The deal closed Wednesday ― and the signs came down shortly afterward:

The property lost $70 million during the Trump presidency, but The Washington Post said the sale will yield about $100 million in profit for the former president.

The new hotel will be run by Hilton as a Waldorf Astoria property that is expected to reopen by summer, CGI Merchant Group said in a news release.

While the building itself is owned by the federal government, Trump won a lease on the property in 2012, then opened it as a hotel in 2016. After he won the presidency, it became a place for those hoping to be seen and curry favor.

It’s also been the target of ethics allegations, as lobbyists and foreign interests spent big bucks at the hotel, earning Trump and his family millions.

But when Trump left town, business dried up.

“Those people no longer have any reason to meet and try to find out what’s happening on the scene because the man is gone,” Kevin Chaffee, senior editor of Washington Life, told The Guardian last year. “So it must be like a ghost town.”

Trump’s critics on social media wished the signs a not-so-fond farewell:

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