Trump Hotel in DC Off-Limits to Media

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 18:38:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump's hotel in the nation's capital is off-limits to media during inauguration week.

Patricia Tang, director of sales and marketing for the Trump International in Washington, said Wednesday in a phone interview that media are banned from the hotel grounds through Sunday to protect guests' privacy.

The hotel opened in September. Trump won a lease from the federal government to renovate the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House.

Tang says she is confident the ban does not violate the hotel's lease with the government or the city's public accommodations laws.

On Tuesday night, a protester suffered burns after trying to light himself on fire outside the hotel.