WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Organization will officially begin construction of a ‘presidential mansion’ on the site of the Old Post Office in downtown Washington this week. Owned by the U.S. General Services Administration, the Old Post Office site was leased to the Trump Organization in 2013 for a period of 60 years.
The Trump Organization originally sought to renovate and convert the historic landmark into a luxury hotel but due in part to Trump’s position as Republican frontrunner, the organization recently scrapped the idea in favor of a “more modern” presidential residence. “Mr. Trump feels the White House, in its current condition, is unbefitting of an American head of state,” said Patricia Kennedy, the Trump Organization’s Director of Public Relations. “In Mr. Trump’s opinion, the White House serves as a symbol of American democracy and history, much like that of the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. As president, Mr. Trump would seek to convert the White House into a museum rather than the literal seat of American power.”
The Trump Organization plans to keep the Old Post Office’s original exterior intact, save for a rooftop landing pad large enough to accommodate four helicopters. The presidential residence, as described by Ms. Kennedy, will feature a modern minimalist design reminiscent of the Roman era. “Mr. Trump has imported two dozen marble statues from Florence that will serve as sentries in the main foyer,” Ms. Kennedy said.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show last week, Mr. Trump told Jimmy Fallon that during a recent visit to Washington, he was struck by “how vintage and downtrodden” the White House was. “I was in Washington last week to protest the Iran deal,” Trump said. “Do you realize the White House is the smallest presidential residence in the world? What does that say about America? I’ll tell you what it says. It says we’re weak.”
Donald Trump, who is on track to win the GOP nomination, currently holds 32% of Republican support, a number that has nearly tripled since the launch of his campaign in June. Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon from Detroit, is a distant second with 19% support.