The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Embassy of Kuwait plans to host 600 guests at its National Day celebration Feb. 25 at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

If that doesn’t sound too exciting, chances are 1) you weren’t invited, and 2) didn’t hear about the story from ThinkProgress, which concluded that the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits the president from receiving money from a foreign government or head of state, looms large over the hotel arrangements, as members of Trump’s team “pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect.”

ABC News on Tuesday also reported on the hotel arrangements for the celebration, and they don’t sound any more sinister in Bradley Klapper’s piece than they did in the Washington Post — but Think Progress still would like credit for breaking the story Monday.


We’ll give Think Progress credit. The site did have the story first, but its report has since been updated with comment from Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah, who said he moved the event from the Four Seasons to Trump’s new hotel, because “why not?”

Al-Sabah told ABC News essentially the same thing: “I thought it would be exciting for our guests to see a new venue. It looks great. It looks cool. So let’s do it.” He also told the Washington Post, “I do not know President-elect Trump. Or his people. No one has contacted me about moving the event.”

ThinkProgress editor Judd Legum maintains he has a source and documentation suggesting that Trump’s people did indeed pressure the embassy to cancel its reservation at the Four Seasons.

Hmm …

Here’s the Washington Post’s take, for what it’s worth.

Let’s just agree it doesn’t look like the #Kuwaitgate hashtag will be burning up social media any time soon.


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