DC officials question if Trump DC hotel signage should come down

Donald Trump is facing a new controversy over his planned hotel at the Old Post Office building in Washington D.C.

Several D.C. officials are now questioning if Trump's name should come off a construction sign that looms over Pennsylvania Avenue. It is the latest headache for Trump after his controversial remarks on undocumented Mexican immigrants and Sen. John McCain’s war record.

There is no mistaking who is redeveloping D.C.’s Old Post Office Pavilion. Trump broke ground on the $700 million hotel project last year.

Now that he is a presidential candidate, Trump's fiery remarks have fired up his supporters. But they have also sparked his opponents who say this sign is in effect a political billboard which isn’t allowed on federal property. Now, they want to tear his billboard down.

“The point is it’s a sign that has come to be offensive to a large number of people,” said D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss.

Strauss has fired off a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell demanding that she remove Trump's sign.

"All we're asking is that the National Park Service be consistent on their articulated policy regarding logos that are insensitive being placed on federal space,” said Strauss.

But Trump is soaring in the polls even as his remarks on immigrants and Sen. McCain are giving rise to controversy.

On MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tried to distance herself from Trump, but still supported the hotel.

“That hotel is very important to how we revitalize our main street -- Pennsylvania Avenue,” said Mayor Bowser. “The building belongs to the federal government. They selected the Trump corporation.”

Most people told us the sign should stay.

“I think you can leave it up,” said Matty Herry. “He’s putting it up. He wants his name on it."

Others though said, in true Trump fashion, it is a little much.

"A little bit because I feel like it's right around all of the rest of the monuments in the city and he's not president yet,” said another person we spoke with in the area of the construction project.

For its part, the General Services Administration said the sign is not political. For now, it will not bump the Trump signage.

D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen recently asked the District's regulatory office to look into the sign. But their response sided with Trump.

Because Trump signed the contract with the General Services Administration, right now, there is very little, if anything, D.C. can do about it.

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