A recently revealed photo shows Democrats Reps. Eric Swalwell (CA) and Ruben Gallego (AZ) posing for a shirtless photo during a drip to Qatar earlier this year. The trip was allegedly paid for by a special interest group.

“The pandemic-era excursion appears to have happened during a trip funded by the US-Qatar Business Council, a trade group that spent more than $84,000 to fly Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona and their loved ones to Qatar, along with three other lawmakers, according to the nonpartisan LegiStorm website that tracks such travel,” Business Insider reported. “The photos suggest the lawmakers strayed from their official duties during the trip — one of several that private interests have paid for dozens of lawmakers’ travel this year. It’s unclear whether the camel ride violated House ethics rules about privately funded travel.”

The vacation came during the middle of the coronavirus pandemic so it comes as a “surprise” that the Democratic lawmakers aren’t following their own mask mandates. Reps. Luis Correa (D-CA), Sara Jacobs (D-CA), and Lisa McClain (R-MI) were also allegedly on the trip.

“House rules forbid private groups from paying for entertainment, which could include a golf game, theater performance, or even a camel ride, during such trips,” the report continued. “But family members are allowed to tag along, and routinely do so. The Qatar trip happened despite a surge in coronavirus cases in Qatar at the time, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, now considered outdated, that urged everyone to wear masks even when outdoors and vaccinated.”

Swalwell got mocked online as some people trolled him for his alleged relationship with a Chinese spy.

“Sigh. Chinese-spy linked Swalwell is back in the news,” Rebeccah Heinrichs wrote on Twitter. “Always interesting to see just how bad he can be w/out consequences from his party.”


“House intelligence committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell took a mid-pandemic break from questions about his relationship with Chinese spy Fang Fang,” New York Post reporter Steven Nelson tweeted, “and posed shirtless atop a camel during a junket to Qatar.”

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