BIG PIMPIN’: Obamas’ 4-hour Stop in Saudi Arabia Racks Up $250K Tab

Published on January 27, 2015

It must be nice to stay in luxury hotels at the taxpayer’s expense, right?

President Barack Obama’s visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is costing taxpayers $267,787 in hotel and SUV rentals, according to contracts issued by the State Department.

The president is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet their newly crowned monarch King Salman and to pay respects to King Abdullah, who died on Friday.

President Obama and the First Lady will arrive in Riyadh on Tuesday afternoon to attend delegation introductions, a bilateral meeting, and dinner at Erga Palace, before flying back to Washington overnight.


Despite the short length of the trip, the visit still requires numerous hotel rooms. The State Department is paying $25,920 for hotel rooms at the Marriott, $64,320 for rooms at the Radisson Blu, and $32,000 for rooms at the Ritz-Carlton.

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