Trump releases statement standing with Saudi Arabia after journalist murder

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Binman4OSU

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The CIA (in a leaked report last week) concluded that Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the killing of Khashoggi. However, despite the CIA findings Trump released a statement today saying

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!
 

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Iranian FM Zarif called Trump's statement shameful and said

“Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests— just like the Finns do?”

This Sunday Lindsay Graham said of MSB

"The fact that he didn’t know about it is impossible for me to believe,"

“If he is going to be the face of Saudi Arabia going forward, I think the kingdom will have a hard time on the world stage,” Graham added. “They are an important ally, but when it comes to the crown prince, he is irrational, he is unhinged, and I think he has done a lot of damage to the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and I have no intention of working with him ever again.”
 
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Trump just said publicly what other Presidents would have said privately> He is to open for his own good. What else could we do? If Iran doesn't like what Trump said that is a positive. Liberals never had a problem with FDR becoming cozy and working with Stalin who killed millions and the Saudis killed one. Sometimes you have to make deals with the devil in your own interest.
 
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Trump just said publicly what other Presidents would have said privately> He is to open for his own good. What else could we do? If Iran doesn't like what Trump said that is a positive. Liberals never had a problem with FDR becoming cozy and working with Stalin who killed millions and the Saudis killed one. Sometimes you have to make deals with the devil in your own interest.
Stalin's mass murder aside, you do understand we wouldn't have won World War 2 without the Soviets, correct?
 

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Trump as with all things has handled this like a jackass but he just said what everyone in the world is doing. Cheap gas is worth more than one reporter to the world and that may be a really rough statement but that’s the way the whole world has acted for decades......this is just one of hundreds if not thousands that have been killed or imprisoned at the hands of the Saudis.....but elected officials lose their job if goes high and stays high.
 

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Trump as with all things has handled this like a jackass but he just said what everyone in the world is doing. Cheap gas is worth more than one reporter to the world and that may be a really rough statement but that’s the way the whole world has acted for decades......this is just one of hundreds if not thousands that have been killed or imprisoned at the hands of the Saudis.....but elected officials lose their job if goes high and stays high.
Trumpism in effect, yo. Agree 100%. Anyone else would have a 7 page reply that says nothing. Love or hate the guy but he seems pretty blunt.
 
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Stalin's mass murder aside, you do understand we wouldn't have won World War 2 without the Soviets, correct?[/QUOT

Correct and it will be hard to contain Iran without Saudi help correct?
Not to mention the effect on oil prices and therefore the world economy. Our interests are best served by maintaining good relations with the Saudis correct?
 

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Saudi Arabia is the 5 star recruit that does stupid things but you want to keep giving them "second chances".
 
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Trump just said publicly what other Presidents would have said privately> He is to open for his own good. What else could we do? If Iran doesn't like what Trump said that is a positive. Liberals never had a problem with FDR becoming cozy and working with Stalin who killed millions and the Saudis killed one. Sometimes you have to make deals with the devil in your own interest.
Stalin's mass murder aside, you do understand we wouldn't have won World War 2 without the Soviets, correct?
Can you read????
 
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LOL... Trump is a public speaking gaff waiting to happen. And...
- Khassoghi murder - Saudi's are idiots, including MBS - and just why does the US give a flying flip that a Muslim Brotherhood member got chopped to bits?
- Iran's said "blah blah" - don't care - Saudi's are kicking Iran back to the Caspian
Sadly, the Saudi's are the best of all the horrible options in the Middle East and key to keeping WW3 from breaking out. Or if it does, they will fight it themselves.