Gordon Sondland, the local businessman turned diplomat, faces more pressure at home as questions mount over his involvement with President Trump’s appeals to Ukraine for help in investigating his political rival.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer called for a boycott of hotels owned or operated by Sondland’s Portland-based company, Provenance Hotels. And by Thursday, Oregon Public Broadcasting had reported that the popular local ice cream company Salt & Straw had severed its professional ties with Provenance, a chain of upscale hotels across the country, including six in Portland.
“After much consideration, we have made a decision to end our wholesale business with Provenance Hotels. We are very thoughtful with our relationships and, after seven years, have determined it is best to go in a different direction,” according to a statement released to The Oregonian/Oregon Live.
Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, didn’t show up for a closed-door meeting on Tuesday morning as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. His attorney said he was ordered not to attend by State Department officials.
Kudos are in order bigly for Salt & Straw for severing its relationship with Provenance Hotels. It is good to know some businesses operate with principles true to American values ad have the integrity to act accordingly.
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