Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said he felt like he was “in a sauna” during a town hall event at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center on Monday. As a result, he indicated that he might not pay the bill.
While on stage, Trump said:
“If we are in a ballroom, it’s not supposed to be so hot that everybody in the audience is using a fan. You ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we’re not going to get you paid.”
Hotel staff told WDBJ in Roanoke that the air conditioning system “was on and working properly throughout the event.” The hotel said that temperatures were high because doors to the facility were open for several hours as hundreds of people entered/exited the hotel ballroom for the event. Their full response to the incident was:
“In regards to Donald Trump’s statements made during the Town Hall event: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center’s HVAC system was on and working properly throughout the event to provide a comfortable environment for all in attendance. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s, doors opened for two hours to let hundreds of attendees enter and the ballroom filled to capacity did present a challenge, however, Hotel staff did everything possible to keep guests comfortable and accommodated, both inside and out.”
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