UPDATE: Think Progress updated their story: “[Ambassador of Kuwait] Al-Sabah denied that he received pressure to move the event or discussed the event with the Trump Organization. He said he moved the event because the Trump Hotel is a new venue and ‘why not?'” Think Progress stands by its story that it has “documentary evidence confirming the source’s account” that the Embassy of Kuwait “abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect.”
The Embassy of Kuwait cancelled a contract for a major event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. a few days after the presidential election, “citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead,” reports Think Progress.
A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. The source, who has direct knowledge of the arrangements between the hotels and the embassy, spoke to ThinkProgress on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly. ThinkProgress was also able to review documentary evidence confirming the source’s account.