Steven L. Schooner and Daniel I. Gordon, reporting for Government Executive magazine:
The Post Office Lease differs from many of Mr. Trump’s other
business arrangements. That’s because, in writing the contract,
the federal and D.C. governments determined, in advance, that
elected officials could play no role in this lease arrangement.
The contract language is clear: “No … elected official of the
Government of the United States … shall be admitted to any share
or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise
The language could not be any more specific or clear. Donald Trump
will breach the contract on Jan. 20, when, while continuing to
benefit from the lease, he will become an “elected official of the
Government of the United States.”
One gets the sense Trump hasn’t thought this through.