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Trump & the Saudis?

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Ken DilanianVerified account @KenDilanianNBC

 

New: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Jamal Khashoggi:

“Mistakes happen. We acknowledge that this was a huge mistake." Per @JoshNBCNews

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Andrew StroehleinVerified account @astroehlein Fe

“Oops, I locked my keys in the apartment” is a mistake.

“Sorry, I forgot our anniversary” is a huge mistake.

 

Murdering a journalist in your consulate and hacking him to pieces with a bone saw is neither.

It’s a brutal crime showing the horror at the core of the Saudi regime

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Julie BykowiczVerified account @bykowicz Feb 11

 
 

NEW: American Media told the public last year that Saudi operatives had nothing to do with its production of a slick, pro-Saudi magazine.

 

Then it turned around and told the Justice Department the opposite.

My story with @lalpert1 https://www.wsj.com/articles/national-enquirer-publisher-asked-justice-department-for-advice-on-saudi-connection-11549908996  via @WSJ

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🗽Verified account @Anthony 4h4 hours ago

 

Trump sought to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

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".......Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued an interim staff report after multiple whistleblowers came forward to warn about efforts inside the White House to rush the transfer of highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without review by Congress as required by law—efforts that may be ongoing to this day.  The report states:

“The whistleblowers who came forward have expressed significant concerns about the potential procedural and legal violations connected with rushing through a plan to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.  They have warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes.  They have also warned about a working environment inside the White House marked by chaos, dysfunction, and backbiting.  And they have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisors at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump Administration officials to halt their efforts.”....

https://oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/multiple-whistleblowers-raise-grave-concerns-with-white-house-efforts-to

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Judd LegumVerified account @JuddLegum

 

 One of the great mysteries is how the Kushner family found someone to bail them out from Jared's billion-dollar boondoggle -- 666 5th Avenue

 

Brookfield bailed out the Kushners

Brookfield also recently bought Westinghouse, the bankrupt nuclear company in the plan to build 40 nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia

Jared could help make it happen

I'll have more http://popular.info 

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Mieke EoyangVerified account @MiekeEoyang 3h3 hours ago

 

Is anyone surprised to find that Bud McFarlane, architect of Iran Contra,

convicted of lying to Congress about same,

is behind this effort to skirt the law and give Saudi Arabia nuclear technology?

https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/Trump%20Saudi%20Nuclear%20Report%20-%202-19-2019.pdf 

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NewsweekVerified account @Newsweek 2h2 hours ago

 

Saudi Arabia's Mohammad bin Salman defends China's use of concentration camps for Muslims

"China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremization work for its national security,” the crown prince was quoted as saying ......

 

“There have been reports of deaths in the political education camps, raising concerns about physical and psychological abuse, as well as stress from poor conditions, overcrowding, and indefinite confinement,” the 'Human Rights Watch' report continued. ....

China claimed the camps were vocational training schools. ......

https://trib.al/UsLCylp 

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POLITICOVerified account @politico 19h19 hours ago

 
 

GOP senators were enraged over the Trump administration's refusal to send a report to Congress determining who killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/22/congress-saudi-arabia-khashoggi-trump-1179103

 

"...... The episode underscores Risch’s desire to quell any revolt within the GOP rank and file and avoid picking public fights with the president. And it suggests the committee is likely to be a major site of internal GOP conflict over Trump in the new Congress. .......

Chris Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “I think it’s really unfortunate if the Foreign Relations Committee takes the position that the president is complying with the law when he clearly is not.”

Many Republicans agree.....      

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The Associated PressVerified account @AP 7h7 hours ago

 
 

Saudi Arabia revokes the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The decision comes after the U.S. government offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture.

 

https://apnews.com/2c52afad8fbe433f84f6eafb317c1ade?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

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Doctor with dual US citizenship tortured in Saudi Arabia: report

"A doctor with dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia and the United States was tortured while being detained in Saudi Arabia, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reported that the doctor, Walid Fitaihi, was blindfolded, slapped and stripped to his underwear before being bound to a chair and shocked with electricity days after being detained in November 2017.

The incident appears to have been a single episode of torture that lasted about an hour, according to the Times.

Fitaihi is a Harvard-trained physician, the Times noted, and was imprisoned amid what Saudi Arabia called a crackdown on corruption....

https://thehill.com/policy/international/432375-doctor-with-dual-us-citizenship-tortured-in-saudi-arabia-report

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On 3/1/2019 at 4:27 PM, mr6666 said:

The Associated PressVerified account @AP 7h7 hours ago

 
 

Saudi Arabia revokes the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The decision comes after the U.S. government offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture.

 

https://apnews.com/2c52afad8fbe433f84f6eafb317c1ade?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

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Revoking his citizenship, to be an outcast. Not a moment too soon, I hate foot dragging.

 

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Can see "sleeping with the fishes" to be his future.

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The heart of the US-Saudi relationship lies in the Kushner-prince friendship

".....Kushner’s role is particularly troubling because, as the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, he has cultivated and shored up the relationship between Trump and the ruthless Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kushner-Prince Mohammed friendship is at the heart of the US-Saudi relationship today, and it’s one reason that Trump has tried to shield the crown prince from blame for the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump and Kushner, both used to shady real estate deals, adapted quickly to Saudi Arabia’s system of patronage and clientelism: unwavering support from the Trump administration for the promise of weapons sales and other business deals.

The project to sell nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia began in late 2016,........

the kingdom would continue to honor its financial promises and business commitments to the United States if Trump cooperates in the crisis precipitated by Khashoggi’s murder. Saudi leaders conveyed to Trump – and Kushner – that they too value family loyalty and financial interests above all else. "

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/10/us-saudi-arabia-trump-kushner-mohammed-bin-salman

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These Saudi citizens in the U.S. criticized their government. Now they live in fear

 

" Even in the United States, Saudi citizens, including students and scholars, have experienced threats and harassment in response to their public criticism of the Saudi government. .......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/these-saudi-citizens-in-the-u-s-criticized-their-government-now-they-live-in-fear

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Tulsi GabbardVerified account @TulsiGabbard 4h4 hours ago

 
 

Mind-blowing & inexplicable is Trump’s recent approval for US companies to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

Why it’s in our interest to help the world’s primary exporter of jihadist ideology and terrorism get nuclear weapons

is a question we should demand Trump answer.

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-the mystery Kushner bailout??

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/16/politics/trump-vetoes-yemen-war-powers-resolution/index.html

Trump vetoes Yemen War Powers Resolution, his 2nd veto since taking office

(CNN)President Donald Trump issued the second veto of his presidency Tuesday, stopping a congressional resolution that would have sought to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

"This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future," Trump wrote to the Senate Thursday.
Trump added that the resolution is "unnecessary" in part because there are no United States military personnel in Yemen "commanding, participating in, or accompanying military forces of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in hostilities in or affecting Yemen."
Trump was expected to issue the veto as the resolution was seen as a rebuke of Trump's Middle East policies.
 
 
Supporters of the War Powers Resolution argued the US shouldn't be involved in the war without explicit permission from Congress. Opponents argued the US does not have "boots on the ground" and is offering noncombat technical assistance to Saudi Arabia, an ally.
Several supporters made clear their votes were also aimed at expressing their frustrations with Trump's continued support for Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been implicated in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The bill passed the House 247-175. Sixteen Republicans voted yes with Democrats and one voted present. In the Senate the vote was 54 to 46, with seven Republicans voting with Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not responded to questions on whether she intends to seek a vote to override the President's veto.
In a statement Tuesday night, Pelosi called on Trump to "put peace before politics."
"The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire world. Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America's shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis," Pelosi said.
"This conflict must end, now. The House of Representatives calls on the President to put peace before politics, and work with us to advance an enduring solution to end this crisis and save lives."
The only other veto Trump has issued was his veto of a resolution of disapproval for his emergency declaration to build barriers along the US border with Mexico. Trump vetoed that resolution last month.
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GOP Lawmaker Gave Pro-War Speech on Yemen — by Reading Saudi Lobbyist’s Talking Points Verbatim

 

"Rep. Ed Royce, a senior Republican who, at the time, chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee, gave a speech on the House floor in November 2017 imploring his fellow lawmakers to maintain support for the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen. Royce warned that foreign adversaries — namely, Iran — could gain a foothold in Yemen through the Houthi rebels.

“Part of the problem here is the leaders of the Houthi militia were indoctrinated in Qom, in Iran, as part of an Iranian attempt to construct a Hezbollah-like proxy in Yemen,” warned Royce, 

suggesting that the rebels in Yemen were merely Iranian cutouts, something experts dispute.

The inflammatory line had been scripted by a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia — like much of Royce’s impassioned speech...
 
https://theintercept.com/2019/05/02/yemen-war-powers-resolution-saudi-lobbyists/

 

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32 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

UAE claims four vessels targeted by 'sabotage operations'

The sabotage attempt occurred in the Gulf of Oman, the statement said,

but the ministry gave no details of what form it took.

There were no injuries or deaths.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48245204?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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The Associated Press, after speaking to Emirati officials and local witnesses, found the report about explosions at the port to be unsubstantiated. .....

https://apnews.com/f8ed00420d42476292a106d26d33ede9?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&amp;utm_medium=AP&amp;utm_source=Twitter

 

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The Trump Administration Is Declaring a Fake Emergency to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia

 

"The Trump administration chose the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend to invoke an obscure state-of-emergency provision that would allow it to sell billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without giving Congress a chance to block the sale.

A Democratic congressional source told The Intercept on Friday that the administration was using the measure to clear a backlog of more than 20 proposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, many of which would be blocked if they came to a vote in the Senate.........

Under the rarely used provision, however, the president can certify that “an emergency exists” and that an immediate transfer is necessary for “the national security interests of the United States.”

In a statement on Friday, Sen. Bob Menedez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that in notifying Congress of its plans, the Trump administration had “described years of malign Iranian behavior

but failed to identify what actually constitutes an emergency today.”.......

Sen. Chris Murphy, who warned days ago that the Trump administration would try to circumvent Congress, said that President Donald Trump is only using the loophole because he knows he cannot sell weapons to Saudi Arabia any other way.

 

“There is no new ‘emergency’ reason to sell bombs to the Saudis to drop in Yemen, and doing so only perpetuates the humanitarian crisis there,” Murphy said in a statement Friday.......

https://theintercept.com/2019/05/24/us-saudi-arabia-arms-sales/?fbclid=IwAR3hbsjlr-zPnFXmGJhD6jzx90fui0E4L6V02pgXpbNt5ZHx400abC3jfWM

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