Trump Registered 8 Corporations In Saudi Arabia During The 2016 Election
Shortly after Donald Trump became the president-elect in 2016, The Washington Post reported that during his campaign, Trump registered eight companies that appeared to be connected to hotel interests in Saudi Arabia.
The Hill noted that the companies were registered in August 2015, just after Trump jumped into the presidential race.
By May 2016, Trump’s financial filings showed that four of the companies — of which he was the president or director — were still active. Trump praised Saudi Arabia throughout his campaign for president, and on the same day he created four of the companies, he said during a rally that he gets along well with the country.
"They buy apartments from me," Trump said during an event in Alabama. "They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”
The companies Trump registered were given names like THC Jeddah Hotel and DT Jeddah Technical Services, which The Post noted "followed a pattern set by Trump companies connected to hotel deals in foreign cities."
Since taking office, Trump has been a good friend to Saudi Arabia, hesitant to criticize the nation even after the Saudi crown prince was linked to the murder of a Saudi journalist in 2018.