Russia To Build Museum In Trump Hotel

The State Hermitage Museum is opening an outpost in Washington, D.C. The institution, which last year scrapped plans for a branch at 725 5th Avenue in New York, has settled on space just down the street from the White House in the historic Old Post Office Pavilion, which is now a Trump International Hotel. Ethics experts are now raising questions. The museum, which is funded by the Russian state, will be installed in a building administered by a US government agency. Asked about any potential conflicts of interest, John Barron, a press officer for the Hermitage, said: “We will build a big, beautiful museum, okay? Nobody builds museums better than we do, believe me.” Sheesh.

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