The Azerbaijani embassy in Washington will co-host a holiday party at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington hotel this month, news media reported on December 5.
The embassy will co-host the Hanukkah party “celebrating religious freedom and diversity” with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a collection of national Jewish groups.
The Jewish organization said it chose the Trump hotel because of its desirable central location in the U.S. capital.
Some ethics experts say the paid use of Trump properties by foreign governments poses a conflict of interest, since it can be seen as a way to try to influence the new president.
As a candidate, Trump slammed his opponent Hillary Clinton for her family foundation’s ties to foreign business. He promised to put his extensive business assets into a blind trust and let his children oversee his company to avoid conflicts of interest.
Financial disclosures show that Trump also remains as president of another high-profile property venture in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku.