Trump Hotel: Home of Influence Operations

Trump Hotel Projection
Projection on the Trump Hotel, Washington DC (Credit: Robin Bell)

When Global Witness, the anti-corruption advocacy group, projected a series of messages on the facade of Trump Hotel four blocks from the White House on Wednesday, the advocacy group exposed a key element of U.S. foreign policy in the Trump’ presidency: it’s for sale behind closed doors.

Is the President’s defense of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman related to the fact, reported by the Washington Post,  that a visit from Saudi officials to Trump International Hotel in New York City helped boost the hotel’s quarterly revenue by 13% in 2018’s first quarter? 

Or that Saudi-funded lobbyists booked 500 rooms at the Trump International in Washington in January 2017 as part of a deceptive lobbying campaign to defeat legislation opposed by the Saudis? 

The answer is yes. Trump has admitted that Saudi money can buy his good will.  

“I get along great with all of them; they buy apartments from me,” Trump said at a 2015 campaign appearance. “They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much!”

The projection echoes the lawsuit seeking to force Trump to divest himself of the hotel. The legal complaint, filed by the Attorneys General of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland in June 2017, states:

“President Trump’s continued ownership interest in a global business empire, which renders him deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors, violates the Constitution and calls into question the rule of law and the integrity of the country’s
political system. Whatever the sincerity of the persons involved, foreign and domestic officials are put in the position of considering whether offering benefits to businesses associated with the
President is important to maintaining goodwill. And irrespective of whether such benefits affect the President’s decision-making or shift his foreign or domestic policy, uncertainty about whether the President is acting in the best interests of the American people, or rather for his own ends or personal enrichment, inflicts lasting harm on our democracy.”

One Reply to “Trump Hotel: Home of Influence Operations”

  1. Aware of the fact that I’m stating the obvious this man’s behavior should have been expected.

    He is the direct result of of the party of “No”. Remember Boehner screaming “Hell no!,”?

    I’m not an expert on anything but I know trouble when I see it. This man is a threat to the security and safety of the country.

    The problem now is that the dims have to be patient and not self destruct while they run out the legislative clock on Trump and his even worse VP! It is like having a root canal.

    Mean while the planet’s human friendly environment become more fragile every day.

    But never mind move on nothing to see here.

    This Ilhan Omar controversy is proof AIPAC is counter productive to a sound political discourse.

    Since when is speaking the truth anything to apologize over.

    The U.S. government’s of a gift of around 10 billions dollars to Israel over the next ten years is unexplainable to me. I don’t and will not ever believe it is in Americas best interest.

    In fact U.S. intervention by supporting Israel has done nothing to make the region any safer for anyone and may be the most destabilizing activity the U.S. has ever engaged in.

    It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the backlast from our young who will inherit this mess.

    Thanks Jeff

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