This Week in Conflicts: Trump’s Latest Financial Disclosure Statement Released, NYC Mayor Threatens to Fine Trump Org. and Occupancy Rates at Trump Tower


President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. (Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks)

This week, President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure statement was released, New York City’s mayor is threatening to fine the Trump Organization if the company does not reduce emissions from its buildings and occupancy rates are down at Trump Tower in New York.

President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, Air Combat Command vice commander, Col. Caroline Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. (Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

Trump’s Latest Financial Disclosure Statement Released

President Trump still has not released his tax returns but his latest financial disclosure statement provides a look into his businesses.

As USA TODAY reports, “Trump reported income in the hundreds of millions of dollars in 2018 from businesses and other assets, with wide ranges of revenues from each one …The form also listed liabilities that included mortgages and loans, again within wide ranges. For example, Trump listed a 30-year loan of between $5 million and $25 million from a bank in Florida, at an annual interest rate of 4.5%, for a property near his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.”

Based on the report, the Center for Responsive Politics estimates President Trump earned about $461 million in income last year, down from $486 million in 2017.

The disclosure report is required to be filed annually. The report details net revenue for President Trump’s businesses and properties but does not specify how much the president made personally.

According to USA TODAY, “the filing shows that the Trump golf course near Washington, D.C., had income of about $13.3 million last year, while the Trump hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., had income of $40.8 million.”

You can read the disclosure report here.

Donald Trump stands in Trump Tower after signing the loyalty pledge to the Republican Party. (Image Credit: Michael Vadon)

NY Mayor Threatens to Fine Trump Org.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is threatening to fine the Trump Organization $2.1 million a year beginning in 2030 unless the company reduces emissions from its building, Reuters is reporting.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, even the president of the United States, you have to obey the laws of New York City,” de Blasio said.

A new law in the city that took effect this week sets emissions standards for large buildings, like Trump Tower.

According to Reuters, “eight of Trump’s buildings in the city fail to meet the 2030 emissions standards, releasing about 27,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year, or the amount produced by 5,800 cars.”

Trump Tower located at 725 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons user Jorge Láscar)

Trump Tower Occupancy

“With most recent condominium sales going for a loss, and with an office vacancy rate twice the Manhattan average, the last few years have not been kind to business at Trump Tower,” the Real Deal, a New York real estate news organization, is reporting.

According to the news organization, the current occupancy rate at Trump Tower is 83 percent, down from 99 percent seven years ago. The article cites enhanced security present at the building and a lack of upgrades as possible reasons for the lower occupancy rate.

The Real Deal reports President Trump’s 2020 campaign committee has paid more than $890,000 in rent over the last two years. On the residential side, at least 13 condos in Trump Tower, have sold since 2016, a majority of which went for a loss after adjusting for inflation.

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Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning freelance journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. She produces content focused on government accountability, public access to information and freedom of expression issues. She’s also helping to rebuild trust between newsrooms and the public through the Trusting News project.