Donald Trump on Thursday continued his dishonest defense of Saudi Arabia over the brutal murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, claiming that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince, “hates” the whole situation “more than I do.” Of course. What brutal monarch wouldn’t hate getting caught ordering the murder of a journalist who was critical of his regime?
“I hate the crime and I hate what is done and I hate the cover-up. And I will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than I do,” Trump lied to reporters after a teleconference with military members for Thanksgiving.
While the reports emerged that the CIA concluded with a very high degree of certainty that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, Donald Trump lied on Thursday “the CIA points it both ways”, which they definitely did not.
“As I said, ‘Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.’ But I will say very strongly that it’s a very important ally. And if we go by a certain standard we won’t be able to have allies with almost any country,” Trump said, showing off his absolute lack of morals.
Trump earlier in the week said America would maintain a “steadfast” friendship with Saudi Arabia the crown prince ordering the murder of Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a resident of Virginia as well as a columnist for Washington Post, was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate located in Istanbul on October 2nd after going in there to get documents for his marriage with a Turkish woman.
The Turkish officials say that a 15-man Saudi team murdered Khashoggi and dismembered his body once he entered the Saudi consulate. Saudi Arabia charged 11 people for the dissident journalist’s murder.
The Trump administration sanctioned 17 Saudi individuals who are accused of involvement in the plot to kill Jamal Khashoggi, including Saud al-Qahtani, who is a close aide to the murderous crown prince, as well as Mohammed al-Otaibi, the man in charge of the Saudi consulate.
But Donald Trump hasn’t placed any sanctions at all on Crown Prince Mohammed or even reduced weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, despite calls from many American lawmakers to do so.
Donald Trump said Thursday, like he often has in the recent weeks, that it is not in U.S. interests to sanction the kingdom any more. He claimed the Saudis are creating “a tremendous number of jobs” via buying weapons from America, when of course he really means they’re creating a tremendous amount of corporate profits, some of which will be donated to his campaign as a reward for having absolutely no morals and maintaining the arms deals.