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Trump's ties with Saudi Arabia run deep
Posted by: riverhousebill ()
Date: December 15, 2018 01:18AM

All this will come out in the wash thanks to Patriot Mueller.

Im thankful this @#$%& show is coming to an end!

Make America Sane Again!

From selling a Saudi billionaire his 282-foot yacht to sword-dancing on his first international trip as president, Trump's ties with Saudi Arabia run deep
Daniel Brown Dec. 6, 2018, 12:51 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Saudi King Salman, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump, visit a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Press Agency
President Donald Trump has had deep business ties to the Saudi Arabian court for more than two decades.
And those ties have been called into question over his lack of a tough response to Riyadh since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared and was possibly killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"Having a President with global business ties means we've got ongoing worries that policy is going to be affected by his business interests," Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which tracks potential conflicts of interest in the Trump administraition, recently told CNN.
"We know that historically the Saudis have spent huge money on Trump properties and we know that since he became a candidate and was elected they have targeted discretionary spending at his hotels," Weissman added.
Here are some of Trump's ties to Saudi Arabia.

In 1991, Trump sold his 282-foot yacht named "The Trump Princess" to a Saudi billionaire for $20 million.

Donald Trump waves to reporters with his wife, Ivana, as they board their yacht, "The Trump Princess," in New York in 1988. Associated Press
At the time, Trump was almost bankrupt and looking to make some fast cash, reportedly selling the yacht to Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal for one third less than he paid for it.
In 1995, Trump also sold New York City's Plaza Hotel to Alwaleed and Singaporean investors for $325 million. In turn, they sold it nearly a decade later for $675 million. In July, Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding Company re-purchased the Plaza along with a New York-based firm.
In November 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, launched a supposed anti-corruption purge largely seen as a consolidation of his power, arresting several Saudi princes and business leaders.
Alwaleed was one of those MBS had detained, forced to stay at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton for 83 days. You can read more about that here.
In 2001, Trump sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Saudi court for $4.5 million. In 2008, the floor became part of the Saudi mission to the United Nations.

Trump World Tower Casper Moller via Wikimedia Commons
The New York Daily News revealed the sale in September 2016 after Trump had attacked Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the Clinton Foundation accepting money from Saudi Arabia.
"Crooked Hillary says we must call on Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop funding hate," Trump wrote on Facebook in June 2016. "I am calling on her to immediately return the $25 million plus she got from them for the Clinton Foundation!"
But earlier, at a 2015 rally in Alabama, Trump had said: "Saudi Arabia — and I get along great with all of them. They buy apartments from me.
"They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much," Trump added.

After announcing his presidential candidacy, Trump incorporated several companies with names indicating that they may do business in Saudi Arabia, such as "THC Jeddah Hotel Advisor LLC." Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia.

Trump shakes hands with then-Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting with leaders at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. Associated Press
After he was elected, Trump's company, the Trump Organization, announced that it had shut down those companies.
Source: Buzzfeed News, CBS
Since Trump took office, the Saudi government has also been a major customer of the president's hotels in New York and Washington DC.

An exterior view of the entrance to the new Trump International Hotel at the old post office on October 26, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Gabriella Demczuk/Getty
Between October 2016 and March 2017, MSL Group Americas, a lobbying group working for the Saudi government, spent $270,000 at Trump International Hotel in DC for lodging, catering and parking.
MSL Group Americas paid for 500 rooms for six groups of US military veterans to lobby Congress against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which had passed in September, according to a report from the Washington Post on Wednesday.
JASTA would allow families of the Sept. 11 victims to sue the Saudi government, which some argued was partly responsible for the attack, since 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.
The veterans told the Post that the lobbying group told them that JASTA might cause other countries to prosecute US veterans for their actions in overseas war, and some said they were unaware they were sent to DC to lobby on behalf of the Saudi government.
The lobbying group said that they informed, through one way or another, the veterans that everything was paid for by the Saudi government, and that they did not book the rooms at Trump's hotel to gain favor with the incoming president, the Post reported.
In June 2017, the Trump Organization announced it would donate all profits from the sales to charity.
In March 2018, the Trump organization said it had donated $151,470 to charity, but ethics experts have challenged the company's calculations of the actual profits.

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Re: Trump's ties with Saudi Arabia run deep
Posted by: Jennifer ()
Date: December 15, 2018 11:59PM

I don't keep up with foreign affairs because I find it too boring, so I can't be bothered to understand it and there's so much and it's so complicated and complex, I'm burned out before I begin, so I know nothing about the whole Saudi Arabia thing. I'm anti-war and non-interventionist so all the messing around with/in other countries like Bush, Obama and Trump did/do, that turns me off. Also, none of we peons really know what's going on and even the history of all those countries. We only know what 'they' tell us, not the whole true story. I just like plain and simple politics and domestic policy issues.

Politics - the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

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