09 December 2019


On Friday, a Saudi military officer training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, shot and killed three members of the US Navy and wounded eight more.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Donald Trump has strangely acted like he's a public relations spokesman for the Saudi kingdom and not the United States President (details here). His public statements since the shooting have almost exclusively been rather fawning comments about Saudi Arabia and almost nothing about the members of America's armed forces who were killed and wounded.

Per the linked article: "Trump was so quick and so eager to assure the Saudis that the relationship would continue before anyone knew how to categorize the shooting that it raised questions about how the administration would have responded if the suspect had been an Iranian, or an immigrant from Mexico. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump often cited the killing of a young woman in California by an undocumented immigrant as a reason to crack down on immigration and build a wall along the southern border."

"'Had an attack been carried out by any country on his Muslim ban, his reaction would have been very different,' said Aaron David Miller, a longtime Middle East negotiator and now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 'But when it comes to Saudi, the default position is to defend. Driven by oil, money, weapons sales, a good deal of Saudi feting and flattery, Trump has created a virtually impenetrable zone of immunity for Saudi Arabia.'"

The linked article does not mention another possible factor for Trump's obsequious toadying toward the Saudis: the kingdom spends a good deal of money at Trump's properties (details here).

As well, Saudi lenders may also have loaned millions to Trump's company in secured obligations. They may also have done the same for his son-in-law Jared Kushner's company.

Trump's fawning behavior toward the totalitarian and theocratic Middle Eastern regime is much like his bowing and scraping to Russia, to whom he may also owe millions.

That's why his tax returns need to be in the hands of Congressional and law enforcement investigators. We need to know why he puts dictators' interests first and not America's interests.

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