The White House is expressing concern over a report that tennis player Peng Shuai was escorted from a Trump International Hotel after declining to sign a photo document, though Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on specific incidents.
“As the White House has said, we have great faith in the hospitality industry in Washington, D.C., and have every expectation it will follow the rule of law,” Sanders said in a statement. “We are aware of reports regarding an individual who was escorted from a hotel. In order to respect the privacy of those involved, we have no further comment.”
News reports Thursday, citing an unnamed source, identified the player as Peng, a Chinese grand slam champion, and quoted the hotel manager as saying it was because she “refused to sign a photo ID document that could be used to show that she was on site for interviews.”
After the incident on Tuesday, which led to Peng’s public ouster from the Washington Cup, the Chinese Tennis Association issued a statement condemning the circumstances. “This is an illegal practice and we demand hotel management end this immediately,” the association said.
The statement added: “There will be no retaliation against her in China.”