The project has attracted small protests since Trump’s controversial remarks about immigration — he described Mexicans entering the country illegally as “rapists” and “murderers” — and two restaurateurs who had leases in the new building have pulled out.
Yet even as she labeled Trump’s comments “idiotic” last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said the hotel project was important for the city and the revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue. The Republican presidential candidate vigorously agreed, citing his stewardship of the pavilion as evidence that he can erect a southwest border wall, which has become the signature proposal of his campaign.
“I get things done,” Trump said in an interview with The Post on Thursday. “All you have to do is look down Pennsylvania Avenue and you will see a job that was supposedly very tough and is instead ahead of schedule and on budget.”
The Trump Organization broke ground in Washington two years ago, and construction has in fact stayed well ahead of schedule. The project is being managed by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Along the border, Trump said a wall separating the U.S. and Mexico “is absolutely buildable and can be built for far less cost than people think.” Experts have said a massive structure would cost untold billions of dollars and encounter myriad obstacles, but Trump said he could overcome any problems.
“It’s not even a difficult project if you know what you’re doing,” he said. “And nobody knows what they’re doing like I do.”