Also that year, after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar, sparking a regional crisis, the three governments spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Trump Hotel while lobbying the administration.
From late 2017 through mid-2018, government officials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE spent at least $164,000 at the Trump Hotel, while Qatari officials and connected companies spent at least $307,000, the oversight panel found.
A Qatari official said in a statement, on Tuesday, that “the results are inaccurate, and that the State of Qatar is working to address misinformation directly with the Oversight Committee to prevent further amplification of the false narrative.” The official added that the persons mentioned are ordinary citizens and the commercial entity has no government relations.
From March 7, 2018 to March 14, 2018, the Saudi Ministry of Defense spent more than $85,000, including renting several suites worth $10,500. Two of the officials who stayed there were referred to as “Saada,” suggesting that the Saudi royal family or senior ministers in the government were patronizing the Trump Hotel.
On March 20, 2018, Trump met at the White House with Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler who was also serving as defense minister at the time. 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 in Charges by the Turkish American Councila non-profit group with ties to the Turkish government.
The council helped sponsor two conferences that took place at the Trump Hotel in Washington in 2017 and 2019, around the same time as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He pushed Mr. Trump and his aides to close the investigation in sanctions violations by a Turkish state-owned bank. The Mission of Turkey and the Embassy of Turkey also had billing records at the hotel, but no details about the amounts paid.
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