Faux Trump

August 2015: “Saudi Arabia, I get along 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. I make a lot of money from them. They buy all sorts of my stuff. All kinds of toys from Trump. They pay me millions and hundred of millions.”

October 2018: “For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”

In 2001 the Saudi government bought an entire floor in Trump World Tower in New York City, for $4.5 million (present value = $6.2 million).  In addition, common charges for that floor paid by the Saudis to Trump’s company will have been at least $5.7 million.

In 1988 Trump himself had paid a reported $29 million for a 281-foot yacht, the Nabila, which had been originally built for Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi arms dealer, but was owned by the Sultan of Brunei at the time of Trump’s purchase. Khashoggi, now dead, was a cousin to Jamal Khashoggi.

In 1991, while going through what was one of a series of financial squeezes in his career as a real estate mogul and casino operator, Trump sold the big boat, since renamed “Trump Princess,” to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. And he sold it at a loss: $20 million.

And last, but not least, in a quarterly report to investors in Trump Hotel …

“Saudi-based customers had booked 218 nights at Trump Chicago this year — a 169 percent increase from the same period in 2016.”

So yeah, he has significant financial interests with the Saudis. I find it all rather intriguing … we know he lies, so no surprise there, but … this is so easily proven as a blatant and significant lie … and he refers to ‘fake news’???Trump-mbsSo now, Trump does not want any sanctions against Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the brutal murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month, because he is determined to follow through with U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.  Now, I ask you, why do we want to sell arms to the Saudis?  15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi nationals, and Trump himself said, in February 2017, “Who blew up the World Trade Center? It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was Saudi – take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents.”  And now, they have murdered an American resident, a journalist for The Washington Post – brutally murdered and beheaded, if the Turkish officials are correct.

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Yemen school bus August 2018

So why do we want to sell weapons to this sort of government?  What does Trump think the Saudis plan to do with those weapons, use them as what-nots to decorate the shelves in the Shadda Palace?  No, they will use them to kill people.  Perhaps even us or our friends.  In August, the Saudis dropped an American-made bomb on a school bus in Yemen that killed 40 children.  Is the U.S. now supporting terrorism?  Sometimes human lives need to matter more than greed, more than money in the pockets of rich, greedy capitalists.  Sometimes we ought to think before we start lining people’s pockets.

The following John Oliver clip is well worth spending 18 minutes watching, for he sums up the situation far better than I have managed to do, and it gave me a better understanding of the relationship between Trump & Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, than I had before.  Although John Oliver is a comedian, he is also an astute political observer.  Please watch …

15 thoughts on “Faux Trump

  1. Dear Jill,

    Fortunately, so far, the US Congress is stepping up to the plate by not letting President Trump get away with covering up Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi. It’s my opinion that MBS Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam needs to go.

    I suspect president Trump is worried about what would be exposed about the relationship between MBS and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. This could be a motivating factor as to why President Trump has been complicit in wanting to be part of Saudis’ Faux story.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I think in part you are right, that bin Salman and Kushner have secrets that worry Trump. But I also think Trump has some of his own that he would like to hide.

      As for bin Salman … I think his father finally, if he didn’t before, realizes that his son is evil. Now, I think it could go one of two ways … the father removes the son’s power, de-thrones him, so to speak. Or, the other scenario, the father suddenly ends up dead.

      Don’t you find it interesting, though … Trump denigrates our friends, Canada, Germany, even Theresa May of the UK, but he is willing to defend a man who called for the murder of our journalist, a nation whose role in 9/11 is yet unclear?

      Hugs!!!

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  2. Trump double-speak is nothing new, and he doesn’t give a damn who knows it. He isn’t speaking to you or me, as we know, he is speaking to the people who don’t really listen. In one ear and out the other. They can’t remember from one day to the next, by choice if not by chance. They will be hoist by their own petard, so to speak, but they don’t care. The President of the United States is talking to them, they are being noticed, and they’ll give away their own birthright for that. Who can blame them?

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  3. Jill, the question to ask is to point out both statements followed by “Mr. President, were you lying then or are you lying now?” Both statements cannot be true and the source is not someone else – it is Donald J, Trump. Keith

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  4. Trump says one thing and then another, at present it appears to be yet another. It may be that he is getting some heat from the GOP Congressmen about the Saudi Arabia version not being as “credible” as Trump stated. As you most likely are aware, another Saudi version of what happened has been thrown into the mix this morning. The truth of this version, or lack thereof, remains to be seen. John Oliver’s clip, colorful language aside, gets to the heart of the matter. I don’t know if you have heard of Salley Mavor of Cape Cod in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Salley is an artist that has been crafting adorable little needlework dolls for forty years. I first came upon Salley in 2013 through her blog. Soon after the 2016 election, she started going into political statements with her “Wee Folk Players”. She and her husband created this short film titled “Liberty and Justice : A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free.” Salley’s more recent art has cost her followers, but she has not been deterred. Do take a look at the film on her WordPress blog, Salley Mavor…enjoy! Thank-you!

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  5. Love John Oliver! He is quite smart really.
    Trump is corrupt as are many republicans, especially at the national level. But it matters not to all his cult followers. They are now lost.
    I find I’m getting burnt out on all of this. I feel we are fighting a losing battle. I have started to look at the bigger picture…the picture of all countries have their hey day and wax and wane and our time is ending. It’ll probably come back someday, if there’s no nuclear war, but I’ll be long gone. These things change on a slower scale that a couple of generations, so we won’t see it.
    It’s sad but inevitable and all we can do now is vote and vote for decency and common sense knowing we did the right thing.
    It is quite sad really…the coarsening and deterioration of America.

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    • It is easy to lose heart. Please hang in there. Do vote and encourage every young person you know to vote. They are being left holding the debt, environment and shattered US reputation baggage, unless they act.

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    • John Oliver is, like Jimmy Kimmel, as astute a political observer as any in the media. Tough times, my friend, but hang in there … we are still fighting the good fight. Good things come to those who wait, right? We will not come out of this unscathed, but we will come out of it wiser.

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