“The temporary overhead signage and barrier is being removed so that exterior work may be done prior to the September 12th opening,” the hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, wrote in an email.
The sign, while typical for a construction site, has been a point of contention in the heavily Democratic city as the hotel’s namesake has made a controversial and sometimes divisive bid for president.
Trump and his team signed a long-term lease with the federal government to convert the Old Post Office Pavilion into the luxury Trump International Hotel long before he announced his 2016 presidential intentions.
Since announcing his presidential bid last year, protesters have called on Trump’s landlord — in this case, the federal government — to remove the massive “TRUMP” sign that adorns the construction site and is visible to anyone traveling the busy thoroughfare.
At one point, D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) called on officials to investigate the sign and determine whether it followed all appropriate rules. Some argued that since Trump was a presidential contender, it was more of a campaign sign than a construction sign.
The General Services Administration said last July that the sign was no more than a typical construction sign.
It will be removed throughout the week and is scheduled to be completely down by Friday.