Trump’s Cowardly Statement Makes Murdered Journalist out to Be the Bad Guy

Trump’s Cowardly Statement Makes Murdered Journalist out to Be the Bad Guy November 20, 2018

Whatever is going on between President Trump, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the Saudi royal family, it’s bubbling over into the realm of justice, in these United States.

So, for those who missed the latest update on murdered Washington Post contributor, Jamal Khashoggi, the CIA has determined that this was not an interrogation gone wrong, nor was it an unsanctioned kidnapping, that resulted in a fight, and Khashoggi’s subsequent death.

According to what the CIA now believe, based on the audio tapes and information they’ve uncovered, it was a hit, absolutely ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Let’s not forget that Jamal Khashoggi was a legal AMERICAN RESIDENT, brutally murdered by Saudi government thugs. They lured him in, on completely non-political business, ambushed him, then began dismembering him while he was still alive.

Why did they do this?

He was a journalist that was critical of the Saudi royal family, and the crown prince, in particular.

Now, with that in mind, ask yourself what kind of president blows it off, in the way Trump has blown this off?

President Trump released a statement of support – for Saudi Arabia – on Tuesday, beginning with the lines, “America first,” and “The world is a very dangerous place.”

He expressed no desire or intent to condemn the Saudi government or the royal family. In fact, Khashoggi was the bad guy, here.

From Mediaite:

“Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an ‘enemy of the state’ and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,” it reads, “but my decision is in no way based on that.”

So his constant railing against the media, whipping up his glassy-eyed supporters about the press and calling them the “enemy of the people” shouldn’t raise concerns, right?

In his statement, the President says that we don’t know what happened or if Mohammad bin Salman had anything do with it: “maybe he did and maybe he didn’t.” He adds that “we may never know all of the facts” (emphasis in original) about the murder.

Trump further suggested that an American citizen’s life isn’t worth risking a business deal with the Saudis over.

Here’s the full statement:

America First! 

The world is a very dangerous place!

The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.

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!

The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.

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!

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!

I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction – and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!

This is utter rubbish.

And cowardice. The Saudi royal family know they have Trump and his senior adviser, Jared Kushner, right where they want them.

Both men are financially beholden to the Saudi government, so of course they’re going to be very careful with their words and actions.

Don’t believe it?

In 2016, on the campaign trail and long before Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered, Donald Trump proudly declared his allegiance to the Saudis.

He owes them.

So let Trump ramble on about American interests and well-being. He’s not being honest. This is about keeping his benefactors happy.

 

 

 

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  • Marcion

    This is one of the rare occasions I’m glad Trump is president. Almost any other president would have done the same thing for the same reasons, but they would have come up with some convoluted cover story as an excuse. Trump just comes out and says he doesn’t really care because he wants Saudi blood money and needs their help in his feud with Iran. It’s still grotesque obviously, but it’s refreshing to see the mask come off of America’s Saudi policy. There’s no more pretension to standing up for human rights or reform, only the truth of greed and power. It’s nice to be able to see the world clearly for what it is instead of having to interpret what’s going on.

  • captcrisis

    True, we will excuse a
    lot of misbehavior by other countries in the name of national security or rather protecting American corporate interests, but Trump doesn’t care about any of that. He’s protecting his own business empire, and perhaps his personal vulnerability to blackmail.

  • Marcion

    That’s a fair point. One of the defining features of the Trump era is that it’s making everyone from individual politicians to entire countries take their masks off, and that might lead to new possibilities. I guess my hope for this is whole debacle is that revealing the true nature of the western alliance with Saudi Arabia will lead to some pushback on it. Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul are both trying to use this incident as a pretext to end America’s support for the war in Yemen, so hopefully that goes somewhere.

    Still, it’s mind boggling to see what governments will put up with from the Saudis. I’m from Canada, and our woke bae prime minister sold them billions of dollars in weapons. They paid us back by threatening to do 9/11 to Toronto.

  • captcrisis

    You’re not kidding.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    With this latest from Trump, — It’s Mueller Time !

    Obstruction of Justice ? check.
    Conflict of interest / personal gain ? check
    Personal interest over country ? check

    Outright Treason ? (Aid and comfort to the enemy while we are at war) ? Closer, but not yet.

  • JASmius

    This is….complicated. Though it’s getting less complicated at a rapid pace.

    It’s one of those “Excedrin Headache #97” moments in any normal White House where an unsavory ally of convenience does something outrageous that puts them in a bind between geostrategic necessity and public relations disaster. A despot like MBS eliminating a dissident within his own borders doubtless happens quite often and wouldn’t create nearly as much of a stir, and therefore problem for the White House, even if it arguably should. But luring an expatriate dissident and U.S. resident into a very public ambush, torturing and murdering him on foreign soil? No president can just ignore that, much less deferentially defend it. Or at least, no normal president would. At the very least, a strong and blunt condemnation of the act and its perpetrator must and would be issued. Perhaps it would lead to a reassessment of whether this particular alliance is still worth the moral compromises we’ve been making for years to maintain it. Maybe the Bismarckian question would be asked if the U.S. is the rider in this relationship or the horse? Do we need the Saudis more than they need us or vice versa? Yes, we need them as a regional counter-balance to Iran, but their Iranian-like overkill in Yemen has made a propaganda hash of that proxy conflict that plays right into the mullahs’ hands. We’re much less dependent upon Saudi oil than we used to be. It seems the least we could do is slap sanctions on MBS personally as middle ground between breaking off diplomatic relations with “the Kingdom” and Trump’s tweet-esque “statement”.

    But that statement….ugh. It wasn’t “America First!,” it was “MBS first,” and more to the point, “Trump first”. It wasn’t any foreign policy doctrine promulgation or ideophilosophical treatise; it was essentially the president’s declaration that the Saudis are HIS Muslims. That he has no issue or problem whatsoever with jihadists as long as they’re working for him and paying us – and him – lots and lots of money. It’s not complicated for him at all. For a psychopathic narcissist, nothing ever is.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Great analysis. Thank you.

    More Americans need to start differentiating between the means and the ends. If / when they do, this country can turn around and start standing for something again – even across multiple administrations.

    Between Obama and Trump, a “trend” may be starting where each new President implements his own personal agenda as foreign policy, totally ignoring and negating whatever policies or agreements may have been made by any previous President.

    As of now, with each new Presidential election ALL treaties, all agreements, all alliances are subject to arbitrary rejection by the new President. There are no longer any Constitutional controls on the President, nor any limits as to what he/she can implement as foreign policy. Congress has completely relinquished their authority over treaties, alliances, and even war powers to the President, effectively giving the President almost dictatorial powers.

    When we have a cowardly, spineless congress such as we have now that refuses to curb the President, we have a disaster in the making.

  • clanhamilton

    I had hoped I would never live to see the day an American president accepted murder for the sake of money out in the open and asked us to accept it like the sheep he thinks we are.
    Disgusting.

  • earhartam

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Susan!