‘Come on’! AOC blasted for launching inflammatory ‘accusation’ against Trump with zero factual basis

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacted to a recent Washington Post story with what seemed like an inflammatory accusation against President Donald Trump.

The New York Democrat tweeted an eyebrow-raising comment with no factual basis on Friday, responding to a story published Thursday in The Washington Post about a wealthy Iraqi sheikh who spent 26 nights in a suite at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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“Sure looks like powerful people are trying to bribe the President into war,” the freshman lawmaker said, linking to a tweet by one of the article’s authors, David Fahrentold.

Citing “leaked documents detailing 1,200+ different stays” of  “VIP Arrivals” listed at the Trump property, the Post report noted Nahro al-Kasnazan’s stay was the lengthiest. And his nearly four-week check-in at the establishment came weeks after he reportedly wrote a letter to national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about his desire “to achieve our mutual interest to weaken the Iranian Mullahs regime and end its hegemony.”

Despite the sheikh noting he was in town for medical treatment and not for political reasons, the Post report went on to note:

His long visit is an example of how Trump’s D.C. hotel, a popular gathering place for Republican politicians and people with government business, has become a favorite stopover for influential foreigners who have an agenda to pursue with the Trump administration.

A gallery of would-be foreign leaders — including exiles and upstarts who cannot always rely on a state-to-state channel to reach Trump’s government — have been gliding through the polished lobby of the Trump hotel since it opened in 2016.

 

State Department officials reportedly did not know of any official meetings with Kasnazan who was described by the Post as someone “advocating for a U.S. military confrontation with Iran” and “considers himself a viable candidate to become president of Iraq.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet further stirred the pot as she read between the lines to make her remark. Naturally she found an audience on the left ready to pounce on the accusation as fact.

But not everyone was drinking that conspiracy Kool-Aid, and many Twitter users called out the “baseless accusation” as well the attempt by Ocasio-Cortez to just “get your supporters frothing.”

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