During 2016 Campaign, Trump Registered 8-Corporations In Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump walks with the Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/Public Domain

"[Saudis] spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much," Trump said in 2016.

Just after President Donald Trump won the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported that he had registered eight new companies in Saudi Arabia during his presidential campaign.

From The Hill:

> Trump registered the companies in August 2015, shortly after launching his presidential bid, according to The Post.


> The companies were registered under names such as THC Jeddah Hotel and DT Jeddah Technical Services, according to financial disclosure filings.


> The names of the companies registered appeared similar in pattern to how Trump named other companies connected to hotel deals registered in foreign cities, according to the Post. Trump names companies after cities in the state in which he is dealing with. Jiddah, also spelled Jeddah, is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia, located on the Red Sea coast about 60 miles west of Mecca.

On the day four of those companies were created, Trump indicated his affinity for Saudi Arabia was tied to his business interests with the country:

> "They buy apartments from me," Trump said during the Alabama rally. "They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”


> In January of [2016], Trump said on Fox News he "would want to protect Saudi Arabia.


> "I would want to protect Saudi Arabia," he said during the interview. "But Saudi Arabia is going to have to help us economically. They were making, before the oil went down ... they were making $1 billion a day.”