In June of 2001, just a few months before the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Donald Trump sold an entire floor of one of his buildings to the government of Saudi Arabia, New York Daily News revealed during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million in June 2001, according to a city Finance Department spokeswoman. In 2008, the apartments became part of the Saudi Mission to the United Nations, records show.
The five apartments included 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms at the time of the sale, and had yearly common charges of $85,585 for building amenities, documents obtained by The News show. If those common charges remain the same, Trump was paid at least $5.7 million by the Saudi government since 2001.
At the time of the Daily News article, Trump was battling Hillary Clinton for the White House and in the process criticized her for accepting a donation to the Clinton Foundation from the kingdom, due to its abysmal human rights record.
"Crooked Hillary says we must call on Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop funding hate," Trump posted to Facebook in June. "I am calling on her to immediately return the $25 million plus she got from them for the Clinton Foundation!"
In 2015, Trump seemed to brag about his business dealings with Saudi Arabia:
"Saudi Arabia — and I get along great with all of them. They buy apartments from me," Trump said in Mobile, Ala.
"They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much."