Trump issued a written statement yesterday explaining that, despite all the evidence, he has chosen to side with the Saudi regime over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.
Subtitled, “America First,” the statement was reportedly awash in exclamation points.
The president’s insistence on continuing to support the Saudi regime comes after the CIA confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was almost certainly the decision-maker behind Khashoggi’s assassination.
“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.” — Trump
In fact, monetary investment from Saudi Arabia accounts for less than 200,000 U.S. jobs per year and is just a fraction of the figure quoted by the president.
“I’m not going to destroy the world economy, and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country, by being foolish with Saudi Arabia. … This is about America first. They’re paying us $400 billion-plus to purchase and invest in our country. That’s probably the biggest amount ever paid to the United States. This is over a long period of time. It means hundreds of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars of investment and product.” — Trump
“President Trump is correct in saying the world is a very dangerous place. His surrender to this state-ordered murder will only make it more so. … [Trump] is placing personal relationships and commercial interests above American interests in his desire to continue to do business as usual with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.” — Fred Ryan, CEO and publisher of The Washington Post
Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul have called for new sanctions against the Saudi royal family.
Iron Triangle Press continues to follow the story of Khashoggi’s murder.