Donald Trunp's loyalties are always a murky issue. The only thing you can be sure of is that he is NEVER on YOUR side.
In Trump world, it's all about Trump and he makes it up as he goes along.
Watching him change a narrative mid-sentence can leave you scratching your head in bewilderment.
When it comes to Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner are the poster boys for conflicts of interest. Both reap rich rewards from the House of Saud.
Speculation that Kushner may have been involved in the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey may seem salacious, but it may bear investigation.
Donald Trump's response to the murder of the Washington Post journalist could define America and the future of democracy for generations.
Trump's knee jerk reaction to the incident was to hide behind his alleged $110 Billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, so let's look at that deal, which you can read about HERE.
Like all of Trump's secret meetings, the results are whatever he says they are because he knows the "special" folks will believe him.
The rest of us have become appropriately skeptical of anything Trump says and for good reason. Never has America (or the world) seen an inveterate liar on par with Donald Trump.
Evidence that Don the Con's $110 Billion arms deal is a figment his wild imagination abounds. You can read one analysis HERE.
The actual deal is probably in the range of about $4 Billion and not one single American will lose a job should that deal be canceled.
Trump's talk of arms deals raises a question that will be considered in this space at a later date.
Specifically, how much of our $700 Billion defense budget is wasted on buying useless weapons to create employment in Republican districts and repay defense company donors?
For those of us who have never lived in a fundamental Muslim monarchy, life is considerably different than it is here in our beloved U.S.A.. Nothing happens at an official level without the explicit consent of the monarch.
No one can just waltz into an embassy, much less the embassy of Saudi Arabia without consent. Fifteen people would be considered an invasion, unless they were sent by the king or his successor, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
To think that a man could be lured into the Saudi Arabian embassy and murdered without the explicit consent (or orders) of MSB is ridiculous. Especially if that man is a journalist living in America and working for the Washington Post.
This is the part where MSB might have gotten some encouragement from JCK (Jared Corey Kushner).
Bin Salman made no secret of his disdain for Khashoggi and Kushner might have suggested to the prince that America's response to the elimination of the journalist could be cushioned.
Cushioned by Kushner.
Considering his constant attacks on the press and his portrayal of them as an enemy of the people, Trump's condemnation of the butchering of a journalist would sound hollow, even hypocritical.
And yet, condemn he must.
A free press is one of the pillars of a free society. That is why the Founding Fathers protected it in the very first amendment to the Constitution they wrote.
Murdering a journalist is no less an attack on our society than murdering a police officer. Why isn't this president, who is running on a law and order platform unequivocally and unambiguously condemning Saudi Arabia?
This is not 1970 and it's not 2008. We are not as dependent on Saudi oil as Donald Trump is on Saudi princes buying his condos.
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