In the three months following the 2016 presidential election, lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved several blocks of rooms at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., paying more than $270,000 for an estimated 500 nights, The Washington Post reports. The lobbying firm, Qorvis/MSLGroup, rented the rooms at the Trump-branded hotel for U.S. military veterans flown to Washington, D.C., to lobby against a bill Saudi Arabia wanted defeated. The average nightly rate at the Trump International at the time was $768, but organizers said they got a veterans discount. There are several pending lawsuits arguing that Trump violated the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause by taking improper payments from foreign governments.
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