Foundation Hotel apologizes to We Build The Wall over emails rescinding group rate

Posted at 10:33 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 23:21:32-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A Detroit hotel has been called out for backing out of an offer, after finding out the hotel guests would be well-known Trump supporters.

The Foundation Hotel was set to give a group discount for 22 rooms for the We Build The Wall town hall, but when they were given the guest list, they said no can do.

The hotel has since apologized, saying it was an unauthorized decision.

It happened after the hotel received those names - including conservative political leaders like Steve Bannon - who are heading to Cobo Center on Thursday.

The We Build The Wall town hall is an extension of the GoFundMe campaign to fund the president’s biggest campaign promise.

On a tour that stopped in Cincinnati Tuesday night, the headliners include Kris Kobach, Sheriff David Clarke, and Steve Bannon.

Those names didn’t sit well with someone at the Foundation Hotel.

Originally scheduled for Thursday in Warren, the Michigan event moved to the larger Cobo Hall, where organizers were referred to the Foundation Hotel across the street.

“When we called, we were initially given the group discount rate,” says We Build the Wall Communications Director Jennifer Lawrence. “About 30 minutes after we sent over the list, we got a call back saying that they’re in a tough position. Just pretty much saying that they had to rescind their group offer. We were more than welcome to book at the regular rate, but I mean we have like 20 rooms.”

The Gateway Pundit, who is also a sponsor of the town hall, obtained the emails sent to We Build The Wall founder Brian Kolfage.

It reads in part, “after reviewing our hotel’s position, unfortunately we are going to have to withdraw our group offer,” adding “we feel it’s best to walk away”.

The hotel is responding, saying in a statement:

The Foundation Hotel apologizes that a position that does not reflect our policy was in anyway represented to a potential guest and that an unauthorized decision to rescind a standing offer was made. We have taken necessary steps to resolve the situation. The discount group offer for the party in question is extended. The Foundation Hotel does not discriminate against guests based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, and marital status, The hotel was built on the very premises of being inclusive and serving the community in all ways it can.
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