Trump Completes the Total Destruction of America's Credibility as a Moral Leader
The CIA this week announced Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump immediately overruled his top intelligence officials, saying a final determination had not been made.
The President of the United States, who revealed he would not even listen to the audio recorded during Khashoggi's gruesome and horrific murder, has now determined that "maybe" Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "had knowledge" of Khashoggi's murder, "and maybe he didn’t!" despite U.S. Intelligence assessing that MBS in fact did, and in fact ordered the assassination.
In a statement from the President just posted to the White House website, Trump first declares, "America First!" then announces, "The world is a very dangerous place!"
In typical Trumpian fashion, similar to his defense of accused pedophile Roy Moore and accused wife beater Rob Porter, and accused attempted rapist (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh, Trump relies on his gut, and his own interests, far more than actual facts, to assess guilt – while often slandering the victim or victims.
"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," Trump says in his official White House statement.
"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!" the President of the United States declares.
Trump then offers up as a reason the non-existent, "pants-on-fire" $450 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, one that multiple reports make clear is a lie.
"After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States," Trump claims, which is false. Some arms deals were negotiated during the Obama administration, which Trump is now taking credit for, if there is credit to be had.
"This is a record amount of money," he again, claims, falsely. "It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States," Trump says, again, falsely.
"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," he says, which again is false. "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!"
He sums up by saying, "we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi," although we know many of the important ones.
"In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he continues, wholly ignoring Khashoggi, a highly respected journalist living in the U.S. with green card status that apparently means absolutely nothing now.
"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!"
Trump, in destroying America's credibility as a moral leader, concludes: "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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