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Trump Faces Criticism Over Ties to Potential FBI Headquarters Contractor

A previously reported connection between Donald Trump and a bid to construct a new FBI headquarters has drawn renewed scrutiny.

Critics have raised concerns after the former president voiced his support for building a new FBI facility in Washington D.C. rather than relocating it.

Trump’s Stance on FBI Headquarters

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Donald Trump expressed his opinion via a social media post, advocating for the construction of a new FBI headquarters at the current J. Edgar Hoover building location in Washington D.C. He argued against moving the headquarters to a different, distant location.

Resurfaced 2017 Report

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In 2017, The Associated Press reported that Vornado Realty Trust, a company with connections to Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s family, was among three firms competing for the contract to construct the new FBI headquarters. This revelation prompted concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

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Conflicts of Interest Allegations

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Gerald Connolly, a Democratic representative for Virginia at the time, raised concerns about the ties between Trump and Vornado, suggesting that such connections could lead to conflicts of interest. However, the Trump White House denied these allegations.

Current Relationship with Vornado Unclear

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It remains uncertain whether Donald Trump maintains any ongoing association with Vornado Realty Trust. The company was reportedly a part-owner of two properties with the Trump Organization, one in New York and another in San Francisco.

Social Media Criticism

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In response to the resurfaced report and Trump’s recent stance on the FBI headquarters, critics on social media have characterized Trump as “the King of Grift”. Some have accused him of perpetuating the very “swamp” that he pledged to eliminate during his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Republican Backlash

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Trump’s call for the FBI to remain in Washington D.C. has also faced criticism from within the Republican Party.

Ron DeSantis’ Accusations

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a fellow Republican and one of Trump’s primary opponents, accused Trump of deepening the “swamp” instead of fulfilling his promise to address corruption and wasteful spending in the capital.

New FBI Headquarters Site

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In early November, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) selected a site for the new FBI headquarters in Greenbelt, Maryland, several miles outside Washington, D.C. Renard Development offered this site. None of the final three sites considered by the GSA were located within the district.

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GSA’s Decision

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GSA administrator Robin Carnahan announced that the $3.5-billion building in Greenbelt would be “state-of-the-art” and support the FBI’s mission for years to come.

Deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover Building Cause For Move

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The decision to find a new location for the FBI headquarters was made due to the deteriorating condition of the J. Edgar Hoover building and the high costs associated with its repair.

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