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Trump’s Company Shelves Hotel Plan, Citing Political Climate

  • Trump Organization had trumpeted two new mid-tier hotel chains
  • Growth plans languished before company halted once-grand plans
Eric Trump, center left, and Donald Trump Jr., center right, attend the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. 

Eric Trump, center left, and Donald Trump Jr., center right, attend the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. 

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s company scrapped its once-ambitious plans to expand its hotel business, the company announced Thursday, blaming politics for the retrenchment.

The hotel division of the Trump Organization canceled the development of four new mid-tier hotels in the Mississippi Delta. The properties, which were to be branded as four-star Scion and three-star American Idea hotels, were billed as the only significant source of growth for the president’s family business, now run by his two oldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr.