Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Donald Trump -- bought and paid for

Donald Trump has proved himself worthy of the payoffs from Saudi Arabia. His willingness to defend the surgically premeditated murder of sometimes-Washington-Post-columnist Jamal Khashoggi is, is, is so abhorrent that I can offer only the least inflaming news story I can find. Fuck the free-press argument! A man murdered in all but the light of day! In a diplomatic setting. And the U.S. finds it acceptable as a matter of policy? Yes, we kill people all the time in the name of wealth and humvees and the rest of it but this one is so slimy.
Trump's political backers are covered in shame as well... you know, the ones, Republican and Democrat, who will condemn the murder and find a way towards their own re-election. Why has not one of these wily politicians found a legislative means to remove Trump even if it means his or her own removal?

I want to spit!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.
Defying intense pressure from U.S. lawmakers to impose tougher sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Trump also said he would not cancel military contracts with the kingdom, claiming it would be a “foolish” move that would only benefit Russia and China. ...
Democratic and Republican lawmakers have urged Trump to drop his support for MbS over the Khashoggi case, but the president has been reluctant.
Trump said on Tuesday that both Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and MbS “vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder,” and that the truth may never be known.
He also stressed that Saudi Arabia, a major oil producer, is an important business partner and a “great ally” in the fight against Iranian power in the Middle East.
Here's an Associated Press story.

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