Hotel and Motorcade Costs for Obama’s Two-Day Riyadh Visit Total $3.16 Million

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pResident Barack Obama’s two-day trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last month cost taxpayers over $3.1 million in hotel and motorcade costs alone, according to contracts released by the State Department.

In what some described as a “futile” trip, the president met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries on April 20 and 21.

The president required three hotels, including a $2 million stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Rooms for security and the “VIP delegation” were also booked at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Tower totaling $200,000, and the Courtyard Marriott totaling $240,000.

Three limousine companies were also booked, including contracts worth $240,000 to AlSalem Transportation and Tourism Company and $240,000 to SMSA ExpressTransportation company.

A third contract to Dala International also totaled $240,000.



Let them eat brioche.

David DeGerolamo

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