All he got from his trip to Saudi Arabia was a lousy NYPD T-Shirt.
Via NY Daily News:
The gunman who slaughtered 49 people at an Orlando nightclub traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2012 with a group from New York that included 12 Muslim NYPD officers, according to reports.
Omar Mateen made the trip as part of an annual pilgrimage led by the Islamic Center at New York University, according to the Wall Street Journal.
About 80 people were on the trip for Umrah, a religious pilgrimage taken by millions of devout Muslims to Mecca and Medina.
Groups from Columbia and Yale universities, as well as about 40 people from an NYPD contingent were on the journey, the university told the newspaper in a statement.
he 2012 trip was led by Imam Khalid Latif, executive director of the NYU Islamic center and an NYPD chaplain, and Imam Omer Bajwa, the director of Muslim life at Yale.
“People on the trip can make their own decisions about how to spend their time, though typically most people participate in the day’s itinerary,” NYU spokesman John Beckman told the Wall Street Journal.
Federal officials were aware of the trip and another he took to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and are continuing to sift through Mateen’s complex past in search for a motive behind the largest mass shooting in modern American history.