Kuwait moves an­nual DC party to Trump ho­tel

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Kuwait yes­ter­day said it would host its an­nual Wash­ing­ton party at Don­ald Trump’s new ho­tel, un­der­scor­ing the pres­i­dent-elect’s un­usual sta­tus as the owner of a ma­jor venue for events in the US cap­i­tal. Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s am­bas­sador to the US, said the party would take place on Feb 25, ad­ding that he hopes guests like the “new ho­tel in town”. He said no one pressed him to move the Kuwaiti Na­tional Day event from its reg­u­lar venue at the Four Sea­sons. Al­though Kuwait did not have a con­tract with the Four Sea­sons for the party, the date had been set aside for it to pos­si­bly take place there.

“I do not know Pres­i­dent-elect Trump,” the am­bas­sador told AP in a tele­phone in­ter­view. “I do not know any of his peo­ple. None of his peo­ple have con­tacted me.” He added: “I thought would be ex­cit­ing for our guests to see a new venue. It looks great. It looks cool. So let’s do it.” Sheikh Salem noted that last year’s re­cep­tion oc­curred at the New­seum, a mu­seum pro­mot­ing the me­dia.

Sheikh Salem ridiculed the no­tion that he would choose the DC ho­tel to curry fa­vor with the next ad­min­is­tra­tion. “We have very deep eco­nomic, mil­i­tary and cul­tural ties; we’ve had tens of thou­sands of Amer­i­can troops in our coun­try,” he said, not­ing Kuwait’s bas­ing of forces for US op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan and to fight the Is­lamic State group. “You think a two-hour re­cep­tion in a ball­room does that?” — AP

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