Receipts show foreign officials spent more than $750,000 at Trump’s DC hotel: NPR


The Waldof Astoria, the former Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office Building, on August 18, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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The Waldof Astoria, the former Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office Building, on August 18, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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Documents released by the House Oversight and Reform Committee show extravagant spending by foreign leaders at former President Donald Trump’s luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., who the committee says could have violated his oath of office by interfering with U.S. foreign policy for personal financial gain.

According to committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D.N.Y. , she said, did so “at sensitive times for those countries’ relations with the United States.”

The documents — hotel books from Trump’s former accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP — were released in connection with a letter Maloney sent to the National Archives and Records Administration on Monday. That letter requested presidential records to determine whether Trump’s affairs posed a conflict of interest and violated the Constitution’s emolument clauses, designed to prevent corruption and foreign influence over federal officials.

“These documents poignantly question the extent to which President Trump was guided during his tenure by his personal financial interests rather than the interests of the American people,” Maloney said. “These documents, which the committee continues to obtain from Mazars, will inform our legislative efforts to ensure future presidents do not abuse their positions of power for personal gain.”

Documents released on Monday show that Malaysia’s then Prime Minister Najib Razak visited the White House in September 2017 while he and members of his family were under investigation by the Justice Department for theft of a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund and money. laundering. The hotel receipts show that Razak and his entourage spent at least $259,724 at the hotel, including on a $10,000-per-night presidential suite.

At least $164,929 was spent in late 2017 to mid-2018 by government officials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE as the two nations isolated US ally Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism, which Qatar denied. Trump approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia in March 2018 despite congressional concerns, according to a press release from the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

The documents were obtained from a subpoena issued by the late committee chair Elijah E. Cummings during the 116th Congress.

NPR has reached out to the Trump Organization for comment, but has not received a response.

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