(NEW YORK) — If White House tours resume before the sequester issue is resolved then visitors might have Donald Trump to thank.
Last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich floated the idea that Trump could afford to pay for the tours, estimated at about $74,000 a week, “to show who cares more for American students.”
Interviewed Monday on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, the real estate magnate and host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice seemed open to the idea when asked, saying, “It sounds reasonable to me. Why not?”
As for why the Obama administration decided to cancel the White House tours, one of the top things to do on any visit to D.C., Trump theorized, “I guess it’s political. They want to hurt the people…If you look at what’s going on, I guess they’re trying to make a political point. It’s just really ridiculous. I don’t think it’s a big deal, frankly. But it does make us look awfully bad and awfully pathetic.”
The administration says the tours were suspended due to the sequester that took effect on March 1.
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