Is Trump’s Bromance with Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Finally out in the Open?

President D. Trump, President Trump, Prince Mohammad bin Salman

The disappearance of Washington Post correspondent Jamal Khashoggi is putting Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) in the spotlight. New evidence uncovered by Turkish investigators might confirm the accusations that the Saudi’s executed Khashoggi by mistake. The Turks say there’s proof the Saudi interrogated Khashoggi in their consulate in Turkey, and the interrogation went too far. Khashoggi was a thorn in the side of the crown prince. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wanted to bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia because of his negative remarks about his leadership and human rights abuses. President Trump put his spin on the Khashoggi disappearance in true Trump fashion. Mr. Trump claims he doesn’t think the Saudi government had anything to do with the Khashoggi disappearance even though the evidence tells another story. Trump was quick to tell the press he has no ties with Saudi Arabia, but that seems to be another one of Trump’s Pinocchio nose-growing statements. Saudi officials visiting Washington spent more than $270,000 in Trump’s D.C. Hotel. But saving a profit-draining Trump hotel doesn’t necessarily mean Trump has ties with Saudi Arabia. During a campaign rally in 2015, Trump said Saudi nationals spent $40 to $50 million on apartments he sold them, according to the Washington Post. And in the 1990s, when Trump’s empire was caving in, he unloaded his $20 million yacht on Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Trump also sold a piece of the Plaza Hotel to the prince a few years later. And in 2001, Trump sold a floor of Trump World Tower for $.5 million to the Saudi government. Plus, Trump wanted to build a hotel in Saudi Arabia right up to the 2016 election. Trump’s softball approach to this current Saudi Arabia debacle feels like the same approach the president takes when he’s fielding questions about Russia. The president seems to have a “global bad boy club,” and the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and North Korea are card-carrying members. The impression Trump wants to make by tweeting he doesn’t play favorites when it comes to members of his global bad boy club isn’t clear. But once the voting public gets all the facts, his relationship with Saudi Arabia and Russia might be the part of his presidential demise, according to power-hungry Democrats. But Trump voters don’t act like normal voters according to Republicans. They say it’s too early to predict his demise.

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