As the latest installment in the controversy surrounding the Trump Organization and the President’s continued ties to it, a new report has revealed that it’s raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to Saudi Arabia in just the past year.
The money has come in as a part of the Saudis’ lobbying campaign against a law recently passed by Congress in face of President Obama’s veto that allows victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
The payments to the Trump Organization, which total roughly $270,000, were made between November 2016 and February 2017, with most of the payments coming in before Trump took office but some coming after the fact. The payments are divided up among compensation for lodging, catering, and parking.
The payments were made by a subcontractor of a lobbying firm that has serviced the Saudi government in their efforts against the aforementioned law, with them having been apparently reimbursed for these payments by the Saudi government.
The president has, in the face of ethics precedent, maintained financial ties to his businesses since taking office, and the revelation about these payments connected to the Saudi Government coming into the Trump Organization aren’t going to help those who want to pretend that the President isn’t doing anything wrong.
Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings commented:
‘This is a textbook example of a foreign government paying directly into the President’s pocketbook while pursuing its own policy goals. Saudi Arabia is spending vast amounts of money at President Trump’s hotel while at the same time pressing to limit the rights of U.S. citizens to sue the Saudi government.’
The White House hasn’t commented. Notably, during and since the President’s recent trip overseas, he has sucked up big time to the Saudis with no regard for their history of supporting terrorism.