Saudi royal entourage gives ''big boost'' to Trump hotel revenues

August 8, 2018

President Donald Trump's hotel in New York City has seen huge gains in revenue after members of the entourage of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman booked rooms there, according to a Washington Post report.

According to the data revealed, earnings at the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan jumped 13% during the first quarter of 2018.

Prince Sanders, general manager of the Central Park West tower, credited the increased profits to “a last-minute visit to New York by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” in a May 15 letter obtained by the Washington Post.

The report adds that while Prince Mohammed and other royals did not stay at Trump International Hotel, as the suites were too small, many of the accompanying staff stayed at the hotel, according to the letter.

A federal court has given the attorney general for the District of Columbia the green light to file lawsuits against Trump for breaking a clause in the U.S. constitution which is aimed at preventing lawmakers receiving financial benefits from foreign governments, which might lead to a conflict of interest.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, on the heels of The Post report, told CNBC that the news is 'just another piece of evidence that Donald Trump is violating the nation's original anti-corruption law: he's getting payments from foreign governments.'