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Antifar
12/05/18 8:43:45 PM
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Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Trumps D.C. hotel within a month of Trumps election in 2016 paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months, according to organizers of the trips and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

At the time, these lobbyists were reserving large numbers of D.C.-area hotel rooms as part of an unorthodox campaign that offered U.S. military veterans a free trip to Washington then sent them to Capitol Hill to lobby against a law the Saudis opposed, according to veterans and organizers.

At first, Saudi lobbyists put the veterans up in Northern Virginia. Then, in December 2016, they switched most of their business to the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. In all, the lobbyists spent more than $270,000 to house six groups of visiting veterans at the Trump hotel, which Trump still owns.

Those bookings have fueled a pair of federal lawsuits alleging Trump violated the Constitution by taking improper payments from foreign governments.

During this period, records show, the average nightly rate at the hotel was $768. The lobbyists who ran the trips say they chose Trumps hotel strictly because it offered a discount from that rate and had rooms available, not to curry favor with Trump.

Absolutely not. It had nothing to do with that. Not one bit, said Michael Gibson, a Maryland-based political operative who helped organize the trips.

Some of the veterans who stayed at Trumps hotel say they were kept in the dark about the Saudis role in the trips. Now, they wonder if they were used twice over: not just to deliver someone elses message to Congress, but also to deliver business to the Trump Organization.

It made all the sense in the world, when we found out that the Saudis had paid for it, Henry Garcia, a Navy veteran from San Antonio who went on three trips. He said the organizers never said anything about Saudi Arabia when they invited him.

He believed the trips were organized by other veterans, but that puzzled him, because this group spent money like no veterans group he had ever worked with. There were private hotel rooms, open bars, free dinners. Then, Garcia said, one of the organizers who had been drinking minibar champagne mentioned a Saudi prince.

I said, Oh, we were just used to give Trump money, Garcia said.

The Washington firm Qorvis/MSLGroup, which has long represented the Saudi government in the United States, paid the organizers of the veterans fly-in trips, according to lobbying disclosure forms. The firm declined to comment.


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Antifar
12/05/18 9:14:02 PM
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tremain07
12/05/18 9:15:14 PM
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Tyranthraxus
12/05/18 9:16:17 PM
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thronedfire2
12/05/18 9:23:06 PM
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LordFarquad1312
12/05/18 9:24:44 PM
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prince_leo
12/05/18 9:26:56 PM
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Ray_Dorset
12/05/18 9:28:57 PM
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darkjedilink
12/05/18 10:05:20 PM
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Wait - so Saudis paying a Presidential candidate billions of dollars through an intermediary operated by that candidate is a bad thing now?
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Antifar
12/05/18 11:53:18 PM
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darkjedilink posted...
Wait - so Saudis paying a Presidential candidate billions of dollars through an intermediary operated by that candidate is a bad thing now?

Very much so.

Do you think I like Hillary Clinton
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008Zulu
12/06/18 12:19:40 AM
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I bet Russia is glad the Influencing Spotlight is aimed on someone else right now.
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MC_BatCommander
12/06/18 12:26:51 AM
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darkjedilink posted...
Wait - so Saudis paying a Presidential candidate billions of dollars through an intermediary operated by that candidate is a bad thing now?


yes, it is a bad thing

whoever you're trying to deflect to would be equally in the wrong, why can't you admit Trump is?
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bover_87
12/06/18 12:51:00 AM
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MC_BatCommander posted...
darkjedilink posted...
Wait - so Saudis paying a Presidential candidate billions of dollars through an intermediary operated by that candidate is a bad thing now?


yes, it is a bad thing

whoever you're trying to deflect to would be equally in the wrong, why can't you admit Trump is?

Reminder that he blames his wife leaving him on Obama.
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pres_madagascar
12/06/18 12:51:31 AM
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bover_87 posted...
MC_BatCommander posted...
darkjedilink posted...
Wait - so Saudis paying a Presidential candidate billions of dollars through an intermediary operated by that candidate is a bad thing now?


yes, it is a bad thing

whoever you're trying to deflect to would be equally in the wrong, why can't you admit Trump is?

Reminder that he blames his wife leaving him on Obama.

Wat
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P4wn4g3
12/06/18 6:31:53 PM
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naw man
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BLAKUboy
12/06/18 6:40:51 PM
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Just don't respond to djl.
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