The Republican billionaire – who is expected to announce on Tuesday that he is running for a second term – had a hotel named after him near the White House following his election in 2016.
He was accused of a “conflict of interest” as foreign delegations frequented him. After several twists and turns, the United States Supreme Court closed the case in January 2021, without disclosing cost details.
But a committee of the House of Representatives, in the hands of Democrats, recently obtained documents from the Mazar Company that manages the Trump Organization’s accounts.
They show that “six countries have spent more than $750,000 on President Trump’s hotels, paying up to $10,000 a night for luxury rooms,” said Carolyn Maloney, the head of the commission. “At the same time, they are trying to influence US foreign policy,” he said in a statement.
Thus, Malaysia spent about $260,000 in 2017 to accommodate Prime Minister Najib Razak and his entourage during a state visit, while he is facing a US justice investigation for embezzling billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, according to this document. was targeted by
Qatari officials spent more than $300,000 on the hotel in 2018 ahead of a visit by Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. And even China, whose relations with the United States are more strained, spent about $20,000 on this hotel in 2017 through its embassy in Washington, the commission specifies.
“In light of these revelations,” Carolyn Maloney wrote to the National Archives for more documents, with the aim of proposing legislation that would prepare the cases for future presidents.
Donald Trump sold this hotel in May 2022 for $375 million.