Skip to comments.Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia
Posted on 11/20/2018 2:26:13 PM PST by little jeremiah
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 Iraqs 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 worlds 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 didnt!
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!
The Deep State hates the new prince. Just saying.
Khashoggi was an Islamist. I don’t think anyone SHOULD be murdered but it’s something that happens all of the time over there for political reasons and the world might just be a better place with one less WaPo columnist calling for the subjugation of women and Sharia Law.
That to me is something I would not believe.
Spreading Sunni Islamic terrorism is what believing Muslims should be doing. -Tom
Within living memory we have had presidents who have murdered their personnel rivals. Who are we to judge the Saudis ?
Yes indeed, they do.
I guess you haven’t been paying much attention to Trump’s dealings with MbS nor what has been happening in S.A.
ABSOLUTELY that is what this is ALL about.. The Deep State's global cabal ATTEMPTING TO SABOTAGE TRUMP'S RELATIONSHIP WITH PRICE SALMAN.
The Deep State are TOTAL HYPOCRITES.. PERHAPS SAUDI ARABIA SHOULD STOP DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OBAMA AND HILLARY'S FBI MURDERED SETH RICH!!!
SETH RICH, SETH RICH, SETH RICH!!!!!!!... CRICKETS!!!!
Think about it.. THE FBI SHOT SETH RICH DEAD THEN REPORTED THE HANDGUN THEY SHOT HIM WITH STOLEN THAT VERY SAME NIGHT OBAMA AND HILLARY ORDERED THE HIT BUT THE MEDIA AND THE WORLD GOES SILENT.
SETH RICH was an American citizen! Khashoggi was NOT an American citizen!
WHY IS KHASHOGGI'S MURDER MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN RICH'S???!!!
So what if the deep state perpetrated this murder for the entire purpose of driving a wedge between SA and the US?
I dont care one whit about Jamal Khashoggi.
Who cares that Muzzie scribbly fatty got bumped off, half a world away..?
I care about OUR people.
And I care about our money and our influence.
I trust the CIA’s judgment about as much as I do the ACLU or SPLC.
I find his statement pretty disheartening. Isn’t it basically, “we get a lot of money from the Saudis so, we are okay with whatever they say or do. Those starving Yemenis, Iran, Syria, blah,blah, blah whataboutism.”
I really don’t think America First means the USA dances to whatever tune that Saudi Arabia or Israel plays.
Think about the ramifications of a power vacuum in Saudi Arabia and what/who would fil it
Think of the collapse of a counter power containing Iran
Think about the collapse of a major player in global finance
Think about the collapse of the center of world energy markets
Think about the collapse of a power that has been quietly pragmatic about the role of Israel vs the Palestinians
Every power that is malign to the USA would welcome all of the above
...then you would agree that the world stop doing business with the U.S. government because Team Obama w/Hillary had Seth Rich murdered?
“I find his statement pretty disheartening. Isnt it basically, we get a lot of money from the Saudis so, we are okay with whatever they say or do. Those starving Yemenis, Iran, Syria, blah,blah, blah whataboutism.”
Yep. That’s about the size of it. Actually I don’t have a problem with it nor have I ever had a problem with it as long as it is in our national interests.
This is very cagey. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. They are having me but if he’s treating them like a friend that’s fine because they are useful and he keeps them in check and uses them. That’s fine by me. He also uses them against worse enemies.
We know what Trump is up against. And it’s not pretty.
I stand with President Trump and I don’t give a damn what the corrupt CIA or corrupt FBI has to say about this or ANYTHING else.
Jamal Khashoggi, was just another reporter and like most, will not be missed by me.
Yeah, that is sadly the majority response.
But Occasional-Kotex will save us from global warming and capitalism, and isn’t that what’s really important? /s
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