Trump Doubles Down on Praise of Saudi Arabia

Trump Doubles Down on Praise of Saudi Arabia November 21, 2018

Just when you think he can’t go any lower…

So on Tuesday, we talked about President Trump’s statement on the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Kicking off his statement with “America first!” and “The world is a very dangerous place!” the reality TV president found a way to blame the victim, while also throwing heavy support to his murderers.

In a recent report, the CIA noted that it was more likely than not that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had full knowledge of the plot. This wasn’t just a case of an interrogation gone wrong. It was revenge for Khashoggi’s many columns that were critical of the Saudi royal family.

It was a human rights nightmare.

Still, President Trump’s “Crap happens, and then you die” attitude wasn’t without explanation.

No, he did not try to hide his motivations. It was, as it always is with Trump, about the money.

Trump’s statement laid it out:

After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!

That particular bit was closely followed by his victim blaming:

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

Who cares, right?

That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!

Let’s not forget that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. That’s some awesome allying, there.

I can’t even begin to give words to the gutter-level of cowardice and blatant heartlessness that it requires for any person, but much less a United States president, to simply blow off such a horrific incident, carried out against a U.S. resident.

All I can say is, with Trump, there is no bottom.

Let’s not forget that when you make money your god, it becomes a lot easier.

Yeah. That’s your president on the 2016 campaign trail bragging about the money he gets, personally, from the Saudis.

And if you’re still looking for something rational or humane out of Donald Trump, give it up.

He greeted Wednesday by doubling down on Tuesday’s statement, by further praising, and even thanking Saudi Arabia.

“Oil prices getting lower,” Trump tweeted. “Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!”

There are so many ways to go at this tweet, whether from the point of who actually sets the price for crude oil, to the last time it was at $82 a barrel. What we can say for certain is that we have a president whose priorities are twisted.

Thankfully, other lawmakers are speaking out about Trump’s devotion to the Saudi royal family, as well as his statement.

“The President indicates that Saudi Arabia is the lesser two evils compared to Iran and so the U.S. won’t punish Saudi Arabia for the brutal killing and dismemberment of a dissident journalist in their consulate. I disagree,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has sided with Trump numerous times on foreign policy issues, wrote on Twitter.

“I’m pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First,” he added.

And that would be correct.

I don’t know how we got to this place, but if anyone is still pushing the fantasy of Trump being a strong leader, and not a puppet to foreign interests, or the swampiest of swamp creatures, you can just stop it now.



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  • chemical

    Trump statement:

    After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States.

    Blood money. Give weapons to Saudi Arabia and those weapons will inevitably be used against American troops in the region, or against Yemeni children. I say let Russia and China sell weapons to those barbarians — dealing with the Saudis is too much for any person of conscience.

    Besides, you know what else would “create thousands of jobs and tremendous economic development”? Not getting into a tariff war with the country that’s buying all of our soybeans.

  • Kelly

    Also, it is my understanding that the actual deal worked out to date is only 14.5 billion. But, as you say, it is blood money. Plus, as Saudi Arabia’s total annual economic production is around $700 billion – a $450 billion investment seems very dubious.

  • chemical

    14.5 billion makes a lot more sense. Trump, exaggerate the numbers on the trade deal? NOOO.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I heard at the time Trump announced his $110B deal (110B – not 450B) that most if not all, of the deal was nothing more than promises to purchase US weapons – and most of THAT would have been spare parts for the few they buy and (likely) included the US engineers to maintain the weapon systems. I suspect the $14.5B represents what has actually been paid for out of a a negotiated deal worth up to $110B in weapons and perhaps additional money in other types of support (such as mid-air refueling and other military specialty services, as well as civilian / industrial services or US military contract support (Blackstone services, etc)).

    Of course it could also be that Trump is referring to a side-deal where the Saudis bought $450M investment in America by buying $450M worth of Trump condos & shares in Trump Organization businesses — and just mixed up the numbers…..

    The Saudis (from what I can gather) are a particularly lazy and cowardly bunch, using non-citizens to do all their fighting for them (mercenaries), and most of their engineering and infrastructure support while they enjoy their luxuries.

    Nothing I’ve seen about their relationship with Trump is counter to my understanding.

    I also heard at the time of the announcement of the $110B that Jared stood to gain a nice commission for negotiating the deal.

    If so, add another reason for Trump to support the Saudis over the USA.

  • JASmius

    1) Hard not to notice that the Saudis are using Trump’s “media is the enemy of the people” catch-phrase. Or perhaps Trump is attributing it to them, which, given the grisly context, is even more telling of his mindset.

    2) It’s almost as if Trump isn’t aware that lower oil prices will hurt U.S. oil producers. That IS the downside of the benefit at the pump it would be for consumers.

    3) I never imagined that anybody could ever manage to discredit the famous Vulcan adage, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one,” but I guess that once again, Donald Trump has done what nobody else could do.

  • chemical

    Definitely agree with #2. I used to work in the oil and gas industry — when oil was over $100/barrel, we were being treated to steak dinners on the company dime. If Trump is pushing for lower oil prices, he might manage to get O&G to abandon the GOP, which is something else Trump will do that nobody else would have thought possible.

  • 92JazzQueen .

    Well, Trump’s stupidity strikes again.

  • Ellen Elmore

    For Trump, it’s always about HIS bottom line. The U.S. economy never factors into his decisions.

  • John225

    I guess the President of FUD is going with Uncertainty this time with a dash of Fear (financial insecurity).