Saudi Lobbyists Paid For 500-Night Stay At Trump D.C. Hotel

WashPost: Saudi Lobbyists Paid For Over 500 Nights at Trump International Following 2016 Election

Hundreds of veterans were unwittingly used as pawns to lobby for US legislation the Saudi government supported, and put up in luxury hotel rooms in Washington DC - all paid for by the Saudi Arabian government.

Saudi lobbyists moved business to US President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington DC within a month of his election in 2016, paying for an estimated 500 nights' stay at the luxury hotel in just three months, the media reported.

As reported in The Washington Post, a veterans advocacy group, D.C. lobbyist agency, and the Saudi Arabian government are all connected to the latest veteran scandal.

The veterans were campaigning against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, passed by Congress in September 2016.

In total, the lobbyists paid almost $270,000 to house the veterans, expenses that are now being scrutinized as President Donald Trump still owns the hotel.

Some of those rooms were used by groups of military veterans who were brought to D.C.to lobby against a law allowing victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue foreign governements, which could potentially include Saudi Arabia. Once in D.C., the veterans were pushed to lobby against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which lets the families of September 11 victims file suit against the Saudi government.

Trump hotel execs anonymously told the Post they were "unaware at the time that Saudi Arabia was ultimately footing the bill".

Some of the veterans who stayed at Trump's hotel say they were kept in the dark about the Saudis' role in the trips.

"It made all the sense in the world, when we found out that the Saudis had paid for it", said Navy veteran Henry Garcia. There were private hotel rooms, open bars, free dinners.

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