President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent out a tweet defensively insisting that he has no business interests with anyone in Saudi Arabia — but a video of him on the campaign trail in 2015 shows otherwise.
“For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter),” the president wrote on Twitter. “Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”
But Robert Maguire, the research director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has dug up a video of Trump bragging about wealthy Saudis who put money into his properties.
“Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them,” Trump said during a 2015 rally. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”
Additionally, documents obtained by the Washington Post earlier this month showed that Saudi money has been pouring into flagship Trump hotels that had been experiencing steep declines in revenues ever since Trump launched his political career three years ago.