Considering the economic and political benefits of America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump insists that the Middle Eastern country will remain a “steadfast ally” despite allegations of human rights violation.
Trump said Saudi Arabia’s investment in U.S. military equipment is worth several billions of dollars, adding that the business relationship is too big to ditch for “trifles.”
America has a strategic business partnership with Saudi, and the U.S. president insists that China and Russia would benefit most if the Gulf country breaks military ties with his country.
Trump released a statement saying it could be true that Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was guilty of Jamal Khashoggi’s slaying and, based on findings from multiple intelligence sources, CIA believes the accused person ordered the journalist’s death. The deceased was a prominent critic of the current regime in Saudi Arabia. He was last seen on CCTV cameras while entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October.
Image shows Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman
However, Trump says his government will not jeopardize the “crucial relationship” with Saudi despite CIA’s “high confidence” in its assessment of the murder incident.
In his signature “America First” attitude, Trump said: “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.”
The U.S. president continued, “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.’”
Tump added, “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.”
This statement from the White House includes a declaration that Saudi Arabia invested over $450 billion in the U.S. after Trump’s heavily-negotiated visit to the Gulf country in 2017. The amount, which is considered an unprecedented investment capital from the Muslim-majority country, has created jobs and wealth for America’s economic development. Out of the capital investment amount, $110 billion was for military hardware, including equipment from Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Boeing, and other American defence consultants.
Trump said: “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!”
On Mr Khashoggi’s death, the U.S. president admits it’s a terrible and condemnable offence which America does not support, adding that appropriate actions have been taken against the known culprits.
CIA probes identified a total of seventeen (17) Saudi’s who allegedly participated in the heinous crime. Details of how the accused persons killed Mr Khashoggi and disposed his remains have also emerged. The slain journalist was branded an “enemy of state”. He was also alleged to have sworn loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood. Trump said the killing is still unjustifiable based on the man’s political or religious affiliations.
Although King Salman and Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman have vehemently denied having hands in Mr Khashoggi’s death, Trump adds that the accused royals may be innocent or not.
“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!”.