Foreign governments spent over $750,000 on Trump hotel, report says
“These documents strongly call into question the extent to which President Trump was guided by his personal financial interest while in office rather than by the best interests of the American people,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y. ), chair of the committee, said in a statement Monday. “These documents, which the Committee continues to obtain from Mazars, will inform our legislative efforts to ensure that future presidents do not abuse their position of power for personal gain.”
Hotel records show lavish spending by foreign officials. The Malaysian prime minister spent $1,500 on a personal trainer during his eight-day stay and $259,724 at Trump’s hotel, for example, and the Saudi defense ministry spent $85,961 on the hotel for members of a Saudi delegation, which included suites at $10,500 a night. Qatari officials spent more than $300,000 over three months ahead of a meeting between Trump and the Arab country’s emir.
The oversight committee’s findings from financial documents are backed by detailed Washington Post reports detailing how Trump’s hotel took advantage of foreign governments during his tenure and the blurred lines between his company and his administration.
Last year, Maloney and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) released hundreds of pages of financial documents related to the Trump property from the General Services Administration — the agency that leased the federal property to the Trump Company – and estimated the Trump Hotel received $3.7 million over three years in payments from foreign governments.
Trump and the oversight committee reached an agreement in September after years of litigation that would finally allow the panel to see a limited range of Trump’s records with Mazars to review its compliance with presidential ethics and disclosure laws.
The records released Monday cover a limited period, but Maloney has requested additional documents from the National Archives, including all documents and communications related to the Trump hotel or hotel stays at Trump-owned properties, documents and communications related to foreign payments at the Trump Hotel. , and documents and communications related to Chinese or Russian tourism at the Trump Hotel or stays of Chinese or Russian officials.
The committee also found that Republican lobbyists with close ties to the Trump administration who worked on behalf of those countries spent tens of thousands of dollars at the Trump Hotel during the same periods.
Elliott Broidy, Vice Chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee at the time, stayed at the Trump Hotel “for four nights during the visit of the Malaysian delegation and spent $5,345 during September 2017,” Maloney wrote to Acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall in a letter outlining the committee’s findings. Broidy later pleaded guilty to acting as an unregistered foreign agent and admitted to secretly lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Malaysian and Chinese interests.