Donald Trump’s weak response to the murder of a Washington Post reporter in Turkey is shameful.

By | 2018-10-12T05:31:21+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |22 Comments

Courtesy of The Guardian:

Any sense that the administration might seek to impose serious consequences on Saudi Arabia was dispelled by the president. Asked at an impromptu press conference in the Oval Office whether the US would cut arms sales if the Saudi government was found to be responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance, the president demurred, saying the US could lose its share of the huge Saudi arms market to Russia or China.

In the Oval Office Trump pointed out that the disappearance took place in Turkey and that Khashoggi was not a US citizen. On being told that the journalist was a US permanent resident, Trump said: “We don’t like it even a little bit. But whether or not we should stop $110bn [£83bn] from being spent in this country – knowing they have … two very good alternatives. That would not be acceptable to me.”

He continued: “I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money that’s being poured into our country – they are spending $110bn on military equipment and on things that create jobs for this country.”

Did you catch that?

First Trump had to establish that this guy was a permanent resident of the United States before he could give a shit, and then he claimed that, though it was bad, it was not bad enough for America to stop doing business with the Saudis. 

But it is not just billion-dollar deals with American weapons manufacturers that’s buying immunity for the Saudis, it is also likely their business deals with the Trump organization itself. 

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

Trump’s meek response to the diplomatic crisis highlights the ongoing conflicts of interest posed by his business empire.

At a 2015 campaign stop, Trump bragged to the crowd about his business dealings with the Saudis. “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them,” Trump said. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”

In 2001, the Saudi government bought the 45th floor of the Trump World Plaza building in New York City as part of its mission to the United Nations. And shortly before entering the White House, Trump was aggressively pursuing deals with Saudi investors and attempting to build hotels in Saudi Arabia. In August 2015, in the middle of his presidential run, Trump registered new corporations to manage a prospective hotel in Jeddah, the gateway city to the Muslim holy sites of Mecca and Medina. That project never came to fruition, but the Washington Post reported that at least two of Trump’s US hotel properties—both called the Trump International Hotel & Tower, in New York and Chicago—have benefited hugely from Saudi business.

At Trump’s New York hotel, room revenue declined for two straight years after Trump launched his presidential bid but saw a 13 percent boost during the first three months of 2018. The reason, according to hotel management, was Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to New York City in March. The crown prince, who is known as M.B.S. and is said to wield most of the power in the Saudi government, didn’t stay at the Trump hotel (the rooms are apparently not big enough), but members of his entourage did, and that was enough to give a last-minute shine to the hotel’s quarterly finances. Trump’s Chicago hotel, meanwhile, has seen a 169 percent increase in visits from Saudis since 2016.

In simpler terms, it appears that the Saudi government has paid Trump to look the other way, and now they can murder, torture, and oppress at will and the United States will do nothing. 

Or to be fair, next to nothing. 

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22 Comments

  1. PBS October 12, 2018 at 8:36 am - Reply

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTNkJl-crAQ

    NEWS details emerge, and fears mount that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been murdered, critics wonder whether President Trump’s foreign policy emboldened regimes to act with impunity. New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick is on the ground in Ankara, Turkey

  2. Anonymous October 12, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Trump called the Saudi King and asked if he could borrow the hit squad for a few weeks to disappear a few journalist here in the US.

  3. Anonymous October 12, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Trump allows black celebrity with a MAGA on in the White House and Republicans fall in love. But an elected educated black man occupies the Oval Office and people completely lose their minds. I’ve had enough of this reality show President!

  4. Anon October 12, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Murder and a release…
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/us-pastor-brunson-arrives-home-turkey-release-court/

    “PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!”

    “I am an innocent man. I love Jesus. I love Turkey.”

    After the ruling, Brunson’s lawyer told reporters the pastor was likely to leave Turkey. The U.S. military has a plan to fly Brunson back to America on a military aircraft, officials told Reuters.

    . “We are overjoyed that God has answered the prayers of so many people around the world,”
    The heavily conservative constituency voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016. He has called Brunson a “great Christian”, and Vice President Mike Pence, the White House’s top emissary to evangelicals, had urged Americans to pray for Brunson.

    “We thank God for answered prayers and commend the efforts of @SecPompeo & @StateDept in supporting Pastor Brunson and his family during this difficult time,” Pence wrote on Twitter. “@SecondLady and I look forward to welcoming Pastor Brunson and his courageous wife Norine back to the USA!”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/us-pastor-brunson-arrives-home-turkey-release-court/

  5. Anonymous October 12, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Okay. We are now living in a time when history will one day look back on us and see how we here in America fell in line behind a small time dictator. People will ask “what was the thinking?” To which the survivors will say, they weren’t thinking. Along came this man who was talking back at the liberal political correctness, and mocking them by saying “lock her up”, and Russia was whispering in his ear. And big business was giddy with love for the man because he was undoing all the regulations that were in place that prevented them from ripping this earth apart. And he was slowly but surely privatizing schools and jails. There was a frenzy. And they needed scapegoats of coarse so the immigrants were the most available source even though the immigrants helped the American economy by taking the low paying jobs that regular citizens wouldn’t deem to perform. .Then they will say, like Hitler, and Putin he saw the press as interfering and he worked on a daily basis to undermine them by playing on the paranoid minds of the conspiracy ridden citizens and soon it became less of a crime to harm people who tried to bring things to light. It took some time as the disbelieving and gullible citizens realized they had been duped by a con with the oldest con in history used by many a despot before. It turned out he was not the savior. He was not the one. He was not the great white hope. He was in of itself, evil. And we followed him because deep down in all of us, we too were filled with vindication at his daily spew of bile because we had the same inferiority complex .And the future generation will go on and on trying to explain Trump and how America fell because they could see past their own noses.

  6. Anonymous October 12, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

    New name for Hair Trump…. The Nutty Oppressor

  7. Beaglemom October 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I read this morning, in the Washington Post I think, that there is a new named psychological disorder – Trump Anxiety Disorder – caused by having a raving lunatic in the White House who is blindly supported by an evil Congressional majority and a destroyed judicial system. I know that I am suffering from it. Despite all that I do to avoid contact with Trump (we do not watch television news, listen to radio news, avoid references to Trump et al in our newspapers, etc.), it’s still there – just everywhere. I think the only solution is the ballot box at least until all of us who know better than to vote for Republicans are blocked from voting at all.

  8. 15 October 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/trump-jr-promotes-tweet-smearing-missing-saudi-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-secret-terrorist-ally/

    “What Poole doesn’t mention in his citation of the Khashoggi-written article on the Afghanistan mujahideen, however, is that at the time they were receiving American money and weapons to fight against the Soviet Union, which had been occupying their country for nearly a decade.

    In 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan praised the mujahideen by referring to them as “Afghan freedom fighters” for their struggle to drive out the Soviet army.

    Jamal Khashoggi, who frequently wrote articles critical of the Saudi government, has been missing ever since he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey last week. Several leaks from intelligence agencies have claimed that he was killed by Saudi operatives and then dismembered and removed from the building in pieces.”

    • anon October 12, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/u-s-treasury-secretary-attend-saudi-event-media-abandoned-missing-journalist/

      “Davo$ in the desert”,
      British billionaire Richard Branson said his Virgin Group would suspend discussions with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over a planned $1 billion investment in the group’s space ventures. Bill Winters, CEO of Asia, Africa and Middle East-focused bank Standard Chartered is likewise still planning to go, a spokeswoman at the lender told Reuters. JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon was scheduled to speak, as was Mastercard Inc CEO Ajay Banga. Representatives for those companies, as well as Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley did not respond to requests for comment.”

      • Anonymous October 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/saudi-arabia-disappearance-jamal-khashoggi-future-investment-initiative_us_5bbfc06fe4b0bd9ed5584206

        ~IT~’s perhaps not surprising that so many companies are sticking with Saudi Arabia, since the White House has so far been unwilling to condemn Mohammed for human rights abuses, including the alleged killing of Khashoggi, who disappeared on Oct. 2. He was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and has not been seen in public since.

        A senior Turkish official told The New York Times that a team of Saudi agents killed him and then dismembered his body with a bone saw. However, those reports have not yet been confirmed.

  9. Anon October 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/10/12/michael-beschloss-amanpour.cnn/video/playlists/amanpour-trump/

    Amanpour speaks with the presidential historian about his new book and President Trump’s decision-making. 17:25

  10. Anonymous October 12, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    trump doesn’t want to alienate the saudis because of the money, what deals does trump organization have going with the saudis?

  11. Wp October 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/ex-cia-director-john-brennan-warns-that-trump-must-act-immediately-against-saudi-arabias-government/

    “Khashoggi was a particular irritant to the crown prince. Khashoggi was widely known and respected inside and outside the kingdom for his literary talent, political acumen and principled opposition to Mohammed’s increasing authoritarianism and arrogance,”

  12. Anon October 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/turkey-jamal-khashoggi-footage_us_5bc0945ae4b01a01d689f04e

    “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered,”
    “I don’t like it. I don’t like it with respect to reporters. It is a terrible, terrible precedent. We can’t let it happen,” Trump said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.”

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/did-the-saudis-murder-jamal-khashoggi

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/saudi-arabia-disappearance-jamal-khashoggi-future-investment-initiative_us_5bbfc06fe4b0bd9ed5584206

  13. Anon October 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    https://theintercept.com/2018/10/12/jamal-khashoggi-saudi-arabia-dissidents/

    https://theintercept.com/2018/10/11/jamal-khashoggi-saudi-arabia-twitter/

    These aren’t men and women who will soon let go. Several have emphatically said that they will make it their life’s mission to get justice for Jamal Khashoggi.

    Every journalist, activist, organizer, and peace-loving person in the world should make that their mission. If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?

  14. Jobs October 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/missing-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-recorded-death-from-apple-watch-cnn/

    NEW: Turkish media reports that missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi used his Apple Watch to record events following his entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
    3:21 PM – Oct 12, 2018

  15. $110BILLION October 13, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

    dotard> “We would be very upset and angry if that were the case.”

    Trump said there was much at stake with Khashoggi case,
    “maybe especially so” because he was a reporter.” “I don’t want to lose an order like that,” mentioning the companies Boeing, Lockheed and Raytheon.
    “And you know what, there are other ways of punishing,”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/trump-vows-severe-punishment-saudi-arabia-khashoggi-killed/

  16. Anonymous October 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    They’ve now gone back decades to find pictures of Khashoggi with Bin Laden. Like waaaaaay back when the US was aiding them in fighting to expel the Russians from Afghanistan. Anything to sully the journalist and excuse the Saudis. And Turkey released that minister to appear all righteous against the Saudis.

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