ENTERTAINMENT

Donald Trump is transforming his hotel into a center for the Republican Party


The Washington D.C. President Donald Trump's hotel was a central party hotel for MAGA supporters on Wednesday evening and offered them a “congressional celebration” with the first family and the opportunity to have a sip of bourbon with Senator Rand Paul.

With the congressional speeches around the White House or the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, the Trump International Hotel D.C. to ground zero for the panels, parties and events that typically surround a president's coronation.

The attendees, referred to as a "congressional celebration," wore badges like a delegate with their name on the front and the Trump Pence campaign logo on the back.

The badge earned them a large goodie bag – woven gold material with the President's seal on it – and access to first family, prominent Republican lawmakers, and some of the top names in the Trump administration – all in the hotel lobby and in the president's conference rooms.

Lara Trump and Eric Trump on Wednesday evening at the Trump International Hotel

President Trump's DC Hotel was ground zero for parties, panels, and events related to the Republican National Convention - and good people were watching in the lobby

President Trump's DC Hotel was ground zero for parties, panels, and events related to the Republican National Convention – and good people were watching in the lobby

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in the lobby of President Trump's hotel on Wednesday evening

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in the lobby of President Trump's hotel on Wednesday evening

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz at the Trump Hotel

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz at the Trump Hotel

Wednesday was the main party night. Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle hosted "A Toast to America Reception" with Tiffany Trump and her boyfriend Michael Boulos and John Pence, nephew of Vice President Mike Pence.

There was also a special reception with senior government advisor on trade, Peter Navarro, and later that evening a bourbon tasting with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

But simply camping in the hotel's ornate lobby was an opportunity to see some of the stars of the Trump world.

Excited attendees sneaked iPhone photos of Navarro and stood down the hall for a private reception with him.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was sitting on a couch in the corner, looking amused.

Guilfoyle was out of the lobby during the day and evening – he wore a fire engine red trouser suit in the afternoon and a cream dress in the evening – went and talked in high heels.

Eric and Lara Trump were hanging out at one of the little tables in the bar on Wednesday night chatting to everyone who came by.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, spent much of the past two days behind the velvet rope of the locked BLT Prime steakhouse at the hotel, appearing to be recording a podcast or program time.

The steakhouse, one of the president's favorite places to eat his steak with ketchup, salad with ranch dressing and cola, is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Closed to the general public.

Members of the Trump family used it as a private dining room. On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump were spotted in the upstairs dining room at lunchtime.

And to be there was to be seen. The third night of the Republican National Convention was played on giant TV screens on either side of the bar – two televisions tuned to CNN, two on Fox News – but music filled the area, not the political speeches.

A special reception was held at the President's Hotel with Peter Navarro, Senior Advisor to the Administration on Commercial Affairs

A special reception was held at the President's Hotel with Peter Navarro, Senior Advisor to the Administration on Commercial Affairs

The agenda for the participants of the "Convention Celebration" in Trumps Hotel

The agenda for the participants of the "Convention Celebration" in Trumps Hotel

Other Trump allies were spotted during the evening, including Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, and there were accidental sightings like Jackie Siegel, the subject of the 2012 documentary, The Queen of Versailles.

Marla Maples, the mother of Tiffany Trump and second wife of President Trump, slipped through the lobby in a red dress on Wednesday night, the day after her daughter spoke in front of Congress.

The evening receptions closed a day of MAGA-friendly programming, including a copy of the agenda received from DailyMail.com:

  • The failed coup: With Matt Whitaker, Pami Bondi and Dr. Defeating Sebastian Gorka the Deep State
  • The real Joe Biden with Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie, Paris Dennard and Katrina Pierson
  • The right view LIVE! with Kimberly Guilfoyle, Mercedes Schlapp and Katrina Pierson celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage with RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel, Kayleigh McEnany and special guests
  • The Honorable Seema Verma Big Tech Censorship: How Silicon Valley Wants to Silence Conservatives with Donald Trump Jr. and Charlie Kirk
  • Big Tech Censorship: How Silicon Valley Wants to Silence Conservatives with Donald Trump Jr. and Charlie Kirk

The hotel staff wore face masks, as did the participants in the “congress celebration” and members of the first family.

Don Jr and Guilfoyle wore plain black masks, but some attendees wore more distinctive facial gear – including flag masks or red masks that read "Trump 2020".

It was unclear how many people were invited and how the invitations worked – and the costs.

Marla Maples, mother of Tiffany Trump and second wife of President Trump, was at the Trump Hotel for Congress

Marla Maples, mother of Tiffany Trump and second wife of President Trump, was at the Trump Hotel for Congress

Lara Trump speaks to Jackie Siegel, the subject of the 2012 documentary & # 39; The Queen of Versailles & # 39; was.

Lara Trump speaks to Jackie Siegel, the subject of the 2012 documentary & # 39; The Queen of Versailles & # 39; was.

A banquet room in President Trump's Hotel

A banquet room in President Trump's Hotel

The hotel was sold out Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Prices for a basic room were close to $ 800.

The Republican Party and Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday's events.