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Pulitzer-winning reporter explains how Saudis are keeping Trump’s failing hotels open

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A Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporter who’s covered Donald Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia for months explained his findings to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in the wake of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, another Post columnist believed to have been murdered by the Saudis.

“Trump has been dealing with Saudi businessmen since back in the 1990s,” reporter David Fahrenthold said.

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A few years ago, the reporter noted, the country’s government bought a “big complex” of apartments near the United Nations offices in New York.

While Trump’s hotels have “struggled to attract American customers, three of his biggest hotels have gotten big bumps in business from Saudi customers,” Fahrenthold said.

Saudis visiting Chicago, D.C. and New York have stayed at Trump hotels — and have often spent lavishly at them.

“Just one visit by some Saudis traveling with the crown prince [Mohammed bin Salman] earlier this year provided enough revenue, one visit, to boost the hotel’s revenue for that entire quarter,” the reporter added.

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It remains unclear, Fahrenthold said, just how deep the president’s financial entanglements with the Saudis go because the Trump Organization has not released any data about their dealings with the royal family or other foreign governments.

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Dutch man arrested for ‘Black Pete’ suicide bomb threat

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Dutch police have arrested a man who threatened in a social media post to blow himself up over plans to sideline "Black Pete", a Christmas-time character provoking accusations of racist stereotyping.

The arrest is the latest controversy over the country's traditional Saint Nicholas side kick, portrayed in winter parades and by many Dutch children with a black face, thick red lips, woolly hair and a golden earring.

"A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested Monday afternoon after he threatened to blow himself up in support of the Saint Nicholas tradition," police said in a statement.

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Trump’s claim on halting Ukraine aid contradicted by Pentagon official Laura Cooper

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According to a new report from The Daily Beast, after the Pentagon's June announcement that it would give Ukraine $250 million in aid, Defense Department officials received a list of questions, seemingly originating from President Trump, seeking information about the aid.

“We got a question from my chain of command forwarded down from the chief of staff, I believe, from the Department of Defense, asking for a follow-up on a meeting with the President,” top Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill last month. “The way the email was phrased, it said follow-up from POTUS meeting, so follow-up from a meeting with the President. So, you know, I'm thinking that the questions were probably questions from the President. That's how I interpreted that subject line.”

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Kellyanne Conway snaps after Fox News host mentions Adam Schiff

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On Fox News Tuesday, anchor Bill Hemmer asked White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about the impeachment hearings — and she lost her temper as soon as he brought up House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).

"How concerned is the president over these hearings?" asked Hemmer.

"The president is not concerned at all," said Conway. "The business of the people of this country is not being done ... the Capitol behind me is not a movie set, it is not a cardboard cutout. It’s where your representatives work for you, wasting your money and their time."

"Just to come back to this, I am told that Adam Schiff delivers the opening statement tomorrow," said Hemmer.

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