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Saudi lobbyists 'bought 500 nights at Trump's hotel after 2016 polls'

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

According to a report in the Washington Post, the lobbyists for the Saudis spent around $270,000 at the in total, housing dozens of US military veterans brought to the district to lobby against a allowing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue other governments.

The amount Saudi lobbyists spent at Trump's hotel for the effort was previously reported by last year.

reported that the 500 nights in Trump's hotel came at a discounted rate and organizers claimed that was the reason they moved their business there.

Some of the veterans that spoke to said they were not aware they were on behalf of

Documents obtained by showed that Saudi officials paid for six groups of US military veterans to stay at the for periods of time between December 2016 and February 2017, following Congress' decision to override former Barack Obama's veto of the law.

The aim of the efforts appeared to be an amendment to the law, though no changes were ever passed through and some veterans involved told the Post that it was unclear what specific changes the groups organizing the trips desired to see, newspaper reported.

The has faced criticism since taking office over his ties to the Trump Organization, which has at times received business from and groups and organizations, as well as members of foreign governments.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:10 IST