Saudi paid Washington Lobbyist for 500 Rooms at Trump's DC hotel after 2016 election: report

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Saudi lobbyists reserved blocks of rooms at President Donald Trump's D.C. hotel, last year  following the 2016 election, paying for an estimated 500 nights' at the luxury hotel in just 3 months, at the Trump International Hotel.

Until December 2016, the lobbyists were reserving at hotels in Northern Virginia, as per The Washington Post. 

The Saudi Arabian government supported to the lobbyists and spent around $270,000 at the Trump hotel altogether, housing many U.S. military veterans brought to the district to lobby Congress against an as of late passed law allowing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue other governments.

The amount Saudi lobbyists spent at Trump's D.C. hotel for the exertion was recently detailed by The Wall Street Journal a year ago. The Post reports the 500 nights in Trump's hotel came at a a discounted rate, and organizers claim that is the reason they moved their business there. 

Some veterans that the Post spoke to said they didn't know they were lobbying for the benefit of Saudi Arabia. 

“I said, ‘Oh, we were simply used to give Trump cash,' " Henry Garcia, a Navy veteran from San Antonio, disclosed to The Post was his response when he discovered Saudi Arabia paid for the trip. 

 

Organizers informed the Post they were upfront regarding who was funding the trips. 

Documents obtained by the Post show that Saudi officials paid for six groups of U.S. military veterans to stay at the Trump hotel for periods of time between December 2016 and February 2017, following Congress's decision to override former President Obama's veto of the law.

Reports obtained by the Post demonstrate that Saudi authorities paid for six groups of U.S. military veterans to stay at the Trump hotel for periods of time between December 2016 and February 2017, after Congress' decision to override former us President  Obama's veto of the law.

The aim of the lobbying efforts appeared to be an amendment to the law,  however no progressions were ever gone through Congress and a few veterans included told the Post that it was unclear what specific changes the groups organizing out the trips desired to see.

The president has faced criticism since taking officea year ago over his connections to the Trump Organization, which has now and again gotten business from Republican and pro-Trump groups and organizations, as well as members of foreign governments.

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