Thanks To Scheduling Snafu, Trump Left Without Hotel Reservations For G-20 Summit

We’ve all found ourselves in some precarious travel situations, and it can be a real pain in the neck to figure it out. Failure to book accommodations far enough in advance can lead you to scrambling to find a place to stay, and it can sometimes get to the point that you’ll take just about anything. No word on how close President Donald Trump came to doing that, but the White House was reportedly scraping the bottom of the barrel for his trip to the G-20 Summit.

As The Hill shares, Trump is in Hamburg, Germany this week to meet with other world leaders. Sounds like White House officials waited a bit too long to book a hotel, and they wound up scrambling to avoid a complete fiasco. A report in Buzzfeed paints a pretty bleak picture of what they were facing.

“White House officials apparently waited too long to book accommodations for President Trump, leaving him without a hotel in Hamburg, Germany, as world leaders converge for the G20 summit,” the report reads in part. “Organizers announced the scheduled summit in February 2016, which requires 9,000 hotel rooms to accommodate world leaders, their sizable staffs, and security details.”

That’s a little curious, as plans for the summit were announced more than a year ago. Was this some kind of prank from the Obama administration? That’s probably reading too much into things, but it’s nonetheless awfully curious as to how the ball got dropped.

“The Hamburger Abendblatt, a local news outlet, reported that the US government wanted to accommodate Trump in the Four Seasons, but it was already booked. In fact, it turns out that every luxury hotel in Hamburg was reportedly booked by the time the Americans called, leaving Trump, who is associated with an empire of hotel properties, scrambling for a place to stay,” the report continued. “Several weeks ago there were even rumors Trump might have to sleep in Berlin and have to fly to Hamburg via helicopter.”

Since this is a bit too far for a daily commute, the Trump administration found itself in a pickle. Having Trump bunk up with another leader would lead to some awkward visuals, and the collective head of the mainstream media just might explode. Alas, crisis was averted.

“The G-20 Summit, which was announced in February 2016, requires 9,000 hotel rooms to accommodate world leaders, staffs and security details,” the Hill reports. “Trump will reportedly stay at Hamburg's Senate guesthouse for the summit, with the U.S. Consulate General hosting his staff.”

As all travelers know, poor planning can lead to some serious headaches. It’s pretty unbelievable that the White House dropped the ball in such a fashion, and it’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of that moving forward. The president can’t exactly stay in a Motel 6 or its local equivalent, but we’ll assume that those in charge of travel at the White House are crystal clear on that concept right about now. We’ll keep an eye on social media to hear how the accommodations at the Hamburg's Senate guesthouse turn out.

Source: The Hill
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