Documents Detail Foreign Government Spending at Trump Hotel
Between late 2017 and mid-2018, Saudi and Emirati government officials spent at least $164,000 at the Trump hotel, while Qatari officials and connectivity companies spent at least $307,000 , the Oversight Committee showed.
Between March 7, 2018 and March 14, 2018, the Saudi Ministry of Defense spent more than $85,000, including the rental of several suites worth $10,500. The two officials who stayed there were referred to as “Monsignor”, suggesting that the Saudi royal family or senior government ministers were patronizing the Trump hotel.
On March 20, 2018, Mr. Trump met Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia and de facto ruler, at the White House. Two days later, the White House approved $1.3 billion in arms sales to the Saudi government.
Records released by House investigators also show a total of $65,139 charged by the American Turkey Council, a nonprofit group with ties to the Turkish government.
The council helped fund two conferences held at the Trump hotel in Washington in 2017 and 2019, around the same time as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. pushed Mr. Trump and his aides to close an investigation into sanctions violations by a state-owned bank of Turkey. The Turkish Embassy and Turkish Embassy delegations also had records of payments at the hotel, but no details on the amount paid.
Records from Mazars USA, the longtime accounting firm for Mr Trump that severed ties with him and the family business this year, also show $19,370 in spending by a delegation from the Chinese embassy in Trump Hotel in late August 2017, two months earlier. Mr. Trump travel to the country.
The Trump Organization wrote checks to the Treasury Department totaling $355,687 including profits at their hotels during Mr. Trump’s first three years in office. But it never provided details about whether foreign government officials had stayed at its hotels.
The House Oversight Committee, after a years-long battle, recently signed a legal settlement with Mazars in which the company agreed to produce a series of financial documents from several years before Mr. took office and during his first term as president. Mazars said in February that it can no longer stand behind a decade of annual financial reporting it prepared for the Trump Organization.