HH: We begin with a very special guest. I have said for months now the best interview in America is Donald Trump. I have to revise that today, because I have the new best interview in America, Ivanka Trump, who is the executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Ivanka, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show with Jon Allen. It’s great to have you, thank you for joining me on election day.
IT: Thank you, Hugh. I know you don’t mean that, but I appreciate it regardless.
HH: No, I do mean that. I got a letter, an email last night. I told my wife that Ivanka was going to open the show, and Brigitte, her friend, sent me a bunch of stuff about you. You are fascinating to Americans, and they don’t ever hear you interviewed. You haven’t done many interviews, have you?
IT: I have done a couple of interviews, but not too many.
HH: Well, I appreciate this. I want to congratulate you, by the way, on the opening of the Old Post Office early. I read that story this morning. I had an office in the Old Post Office when the National Endowment for the Humanities was there, and I don’t know how you turned that into a hotel.
IT: Oh, you’re kidding. That’s amazing. So I mean, you know, it’s an unbelievable building, and it’s got an unbelievable history, tallest building in Washington, D.C., and right on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol. So it’s just such a beautiful, grand building that was becoming dilapidated and was totally under-utilized. So the government actually put out a process looking for private sector redevelopment of the asset. It was a very onerous and very competitive RFD, and amazingly, the Obama administration selected the Trump Organization above hundreds of developers who were seeking this opportunity to redevelop the building. And we’re going to be opening almost two years ahead of schedule. So I would say that’s probably a first for Washington, D.C. and for Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue Reading