Donald Trump simply loves to take the word of murderous dictators over the word of American intelligence officials. That is a pattern of his. He displayed that in Helsinki when he announced that Putin had not interfered in the 2016 election, even though all the intelligence agencies in the country were telling him otherwise. Now we learn from Bob Woodward’s reporting that Trump bragged how he helped Mohammad bin Salman in the wake of the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Same thing. Ignore the facts, support the dictator. Business Insider:
“I saved his a–,” Trump said in 2018, amid the US outcry following Khashoggi’s murder, according to the book. “I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop.”
Trump vetoed a bipartisan bill to end U.S. support for the Saudis in Yemen, and he also bypassed Congress to push through an $8 billion arms sale to the Saudis and United Arab Emirates.
“Do you believe that he did it?” Woodward asked.
“No, he says that he didn’t do it,” Trump replied.
“I know, but do you really believe —” Woodward began before Trump cut him off.
“He says very strongly that he didn’t do it. Bob, they spent $400 billion over a fairly short period of time,” the president said. “And you know, they’re in the Middle East. You know, they’re big. Because of their religious monuments, you know, they have the real power. They have the oil, but they also have the great monuments for religion. You know that, right? For that religion.”
“They wouldn’t last a week if we’re not there, and they know it,” he added.
Is he talking about the monuments or the people or what wouldn’t last? Anybody have a clue? Not that it matters. The point here is that, once again, it’s Trump abusing his power in the service of dictators whose interests are inimical to America’s interests — not to mention humanitarian concerns, which don’t exist for Trump. That’s all you need to know.
He just loves to gloat and preen. What an idiot. Thankfully.
The tortured body of Khashoggi, along with his severed fingers are enshrined in the DONALD J TRUMP TROPHY ROOM OF CRUELTY. It’s already filled with items. Very popular with the Hell clientele. Just think of the buzz once It’s namesake arrives for his stint in Hell…for eternity.
He probably admires MBS because he’d love to do the same thing to other journalists
Well this is just like giving a kid a grenade then telling him whatever you do, don’t pull out this little pin.