Ocasio-Cortez just sounded the alarm about a deeply disturbing pay-for-play Trump scandal

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Legal concerns and ethical complaints about the Trump Organization’s businesses being used to purchase favor and influence with the White House have dogged the president since the day he took office — but now the accusations have taken a deeply disturbing turn with deadly serious consequences.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter this afternoon to sound the alarm about Washington Post exclusive by Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump expert David Farenthold, who obtained leaked documents detailing who stayed at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. and for how long.

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The longest guest turns out to be a power-hungry Iraqi sheik, Nahro al-Kasnazan, who spent nearly a month in a suite at the Trump Hotel. He wants to be President of Iraq someday — and is a huge supporter of the war with Iran that Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton and the rest of the neocon foreign policy blob are trying to provoke.

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When reached for comment, al-Kasnazan weakly argued that his visit, which cost tens of thousands of dollars, was just because he had “heard about this new Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., and thought it would be a good place to stay.”

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That’s hard to believe. Reporters have dug deep into what goes on at the Trump International Hotel, and it’s obvious from the constant stream of foreign dignitaries and administration officials that swing through its revolving doors that the President is not only reaping in huge profits from those seeking the President’s ear but that it very likely has effects on policy decisions.

As Bolton and his cronies beat the drum of war, it is deeply disturbing to learn that wealthy and ambitious foreigners are using the Trump Hotel to buy favor with the president, especially with such a heinous agenda at play.

Original reporting by David Farenthold, Joshua Partlow, and Taylor Luck at the Washington Post.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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