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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia


This news story was published on November 21, 2018.
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The following is a statement released by the White House and President Donald Trump on November 20, 2018, regarding America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia:

President Trump

America First!

The world is a very dangerous place!

The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.

After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!

The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!

I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction – and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!

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17 Responses to Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia

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    retread Reply Report comment

    November 25, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    So the Saudis killed one of their own citizens. Big deal! Our own government killed more then one of our citizens on purpose under Obama. Doesn’t killing with a drone count the same as beating them to death?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 25, 2018 at 9:34 am

    How can a leader with no moral compass lead us to be a nation with morals and integrity? He can’t. So the USA loses the moral standing in the world. We are no better than Argentina or Saudi Arabia under President Trump.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I was explained last night on FOX news – victim will get putlzer award from Wash. Post. Deep state cia? will have to hire another spy.

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      bodacious Reply Report comment

      November 25, 2018 at 10:56 am

      The sad thing about this is that you believe Fox News tells you the truth. What segment of Fox were you watching? By the way, it is Pulitzer Prize. And I would think awarding him a posthumous Pulitzer would be a great honor for someone who died because he did his job so well.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm

        For him it will be a putz-ler award.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t really care if all the diaper heads kill each other off. As long as it doesn’t cost us anything.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Hate to tell you ALL Donald is Not Presidential at all.Just think about it he is pro military?What war zone has he visited since he has been President at the Holidays.He is ME PRESIDENT ! nothing else.Tariffs how is that working out for USA industries right now?Just wait big layoffs before end of year.Almost a guarantee.But gas prices will go down BIG ! HAPPY THANKGIVING.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 22, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Great news, if it’s true, my truck only gets 8 mpg.

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    Call Trump, he is the tool man, he gets things done! Reply Report comment

    November 21, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    The sacrifice of a few, for the benefit of many. It’s been going on for ever. Remember Benghazi.

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    Trump is a tool Reply Report comment

    November 21, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Total and utter B.S. The murder of Khasihoggi was orchestrated and ordered by the leaders of Saudi Arabia. All of our intelligence agencies agree on this as do our allies. Trump has to keep favor with the Saudis because of his involvement with them. They bailed him out of bankruptcies. He needs to grow a set and do what the majority of the people want and that is to punish them. But he won’t because he fears that they will tell all on him and his finances.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 24, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Does the Trump-hating voice inside your head sound like Rod Serling?

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        Trump is a tool Reply Report comment

        November 24, 2018 at 9:21 am

        No, it sounds like Walter Cronkrite telling me Trump is a crook. DOes that voice inside your head sound like PeeWee Herman telling you how much you love a liar and crook?

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          bodacious Reply Report comment

          November 24, 2018 at 9:32 am

          Good one. These Trumpster fellows love the lies because it fits right into their mindset.

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            Anonymous

            November 24, 2018 at 9:35 am

            Do you always make dual comments/ Then answer yourself because no one cares about your communist opinions.

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            Bodacious

            November 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm

            Yes.