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Elizabeth Warren, Tom Carper Demand Answers on Trump's DC Hotel Lease

While Trump has said he will hand off control of his real estate empire to his children, he has not said whether he will transfer ownership

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    Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper are pressing the government to explain how Donald Trump's federal lease to operate a luxury hotel near the White House can go forward despite what they call the "unmanageable conflicts of interest" presented by the president becoming his own landlord — as well as a provision that bans government officials from the deal.

    The two Democrats sent a letter Thursday to the General Services Administration, which in 2013 awarded a lease to the Trump organization to redevelop and run a hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue, NBC News reported.

    Trump committed $200 million to transform the historic building into a hotel, and in return received the exclusive rights to run the hotel and keep the profits for a period of at least 60 years.

    While Trump has said he will hand off control of his real estate empire to his children, he has not said whether he will transfer ownership.