Eleven U.S. senators on Wednesday called for a full accounting of Trump’s financial ties to Saudi Arabia in a letter sent to the President, according to an ABC News report.
The letter cited the Trump Organization’s decades-long business relationships with the government of Saudi Arabia and members of the Saudi royal family and notes the 1995 purchase of Trump’s Plaza Hotel for $325 million by a Saudi Prince.
Members of the Saudi Royal Family have acquired real estate at Trump properties for decades, the senators wrote, including the sale of the 45th floor of the Trump World Tower for $12 million and the purchase of a triplex Trump Place apartment that was sold for $36 million earlier this year.
Trump also sold a 281-foot yacht to a Saudi prince for $20 million in 1991, wrote the senators.
Trump earlier today claimed his recent comments regarding the Saudi’s denials of any involvement in the disappearance of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi were not meant to give them cover.
“No not at all, I just want to find out what’s happening,” Trump told reporters, and added he expects to know who is responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance “by the end of the week.”
Trump’s comments came amid reports that Turkey may have audio tapes that reveal what happened to Khashoggi. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu earlier today but he refused to express any doubts about the Saudi investigation into the journalist’s disappearance.
“I keep hearing we’re giving them some benefit of the doubt. They’re going to do an investigation, and when the investigation comes out, we’ll evaluate it, it’s not about benefit of the doubt,” Pompeo told reporters on his plane before he departed from Turkey.
“It’s reasonable to give them a handful of days more to complete it, so they get it right so that it’s thorough and complete… We’ll evaluate this on a factual, straight up basis,” he added.
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