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‘I love the Saudis’: Trump business ties to kingdom run deep

“The Saudis are funneling money to him,” said former federal ethics chief Walter Shaub, who is advising a watchdog group suing Trump for foreign government ties to his business.

That undermines “confidence that he’s going to do the right thing when it comes to Khashoggi.”



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The Washington PostVerified account @washingtonpost 11h11 hours ago


Finland, Denmark join Germany in halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia citing the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the kingdom's role in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.



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Warning Signs: President Trump May Violate Federal Law in Absolving Saudi Crown Prince

".... In doing battle with blindingly obvious facts and a growing number of senators, even at the risk of violating the law, Trump may be inadvertently providing the basis for what will ultimately destroy his policy with respect to Saudi Arabia and, as a result, the wider Middle East.

Momentum for legislative measures to limit U.S. support for the Saudis’ involvement in the war in Yemen is growing, and a bipartisan group of senators recently introduced legislation that would, among other things, remove Trump’s ability to shield MbS from sanctions. Trump apparently doesn’t adequately appreciate that this blowback is coming.

Like his younger counterpart in Riyadh, the American president is both reckless and disdainful of legal constraint. By showing that the Trump Doctrine is untethered from America’s deepest values, the president has given Congress every reason to become more greatly involved in directing the ship of state.


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Jared Kushner pushed to inflate Saudi arms deal to $110 billion:

....“These details raise even more questions about what is really driving the Trump administration’s refusal to crack down on Saudi Arabia’s behavior," said Democrat Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"If Jared Kushner inflated the size of this arms deal, we need to figure out why.

Congress should get to the bottom of this and work to impose stronger sanctions on the Saudi regime, thoroughly review our relations with Riyadh, and cut off assistance for Saudi efforts in Yemen that have created a massive humanitarian crisis.”.....



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CBS NewsVerified account @CBSNews


Sen. Durbin: "We asked why [Gina Haspel] wasn't there

and they said it was a decision of the White House." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeo-and-mattis-brief-senators-on-saudis-without-haspel-today-11-28-2018/ 


POLITICOVerified account @politico


Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo,

said there is no “direct reporting” that would link Mohammed Bin Salman to Jamal Khashoggi's murder https://politi.co/2rc0B5U 


Senator Dick DurbinVerified account @SenatorDurbin 50m50 minutes ago


I’m supporting @SenSanders bipartisan resolution that halts U.S. support for Saudia Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen unless there is Congressional approval.

This is about following our Constitutional responsibilities in matters of war.

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Karen AttiahVerified account @KarenAttiah


This is INSANE. --> After Khashoggi's murder, "Mr. Kushner has offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm, urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments."

The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House

".... The prince and his advisers, eager to enlist American support for his hawkish policies in the region and for his own consolidation of power, cultivated the relationship with Mr. Kushner for more than two years, ...

“The relationship between Jared Kushner and Mohammed bin Salman constitutes the foundation of the Trump policy not just toward Saudi Arabia but toward the region,” ...

The administration’s reliance on the Saudis in the peace process, its support for the kingdom’s feud with Qatar, an American ally, and its backing of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, he said, all grew out of “that bromance.” ....



Jed Shugerman @jedshug 7h7 hours ago


“Kushner, 37, and Prince Mohammed, 33, kept chatting… In fact, they said, the two men were on a first-name basis, calling each other Jared and Mohammed in text messages and phone calls.”

Aww. Nothing brings people together like bribery, kompromat, and murder.

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Senate votes to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for Khashoggi killing

Minutes earlier, the Senate voted, 57-38, to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen

as lawmakers continue to express outrage and frustration with the president’s refusal to condemn Mohammed for Khashoggi’s death despite the CIA’s finding that the crown prince likely is responsible.



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'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'

As peace talks to end war in Yemen continue, three local aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council describe its devastating impact

More than 10,000 people in Yemen have been killed and 3 million forced to flee their homes as a result of almost four years of fighting. An estimated 22 million people are now in need of aid and up to 14 million face starvation. As talks to end the conflict continue in Sweden, three Yemeni aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council talk of the physical and emotional destruction the fighting has brought to their country.

Marwan Al-Sabri, 32, water and sanitation officer in Taiz

I was young when the war started, aspirational and ambitious. I could never have imagined the power war has to trash our dreams.

I have already lost friends and relatives in this brutality. Some that have died and others I have been cut off from. I don’t know where they are now; whether they are alive or dead.

If you haven’t seen Taiz, it is impossible to imagine what war has done to this city. The damage hits in every way. The missiles have torn apart buildings and the siege has torn apart families. Movement from the north to the south of the city can take six hours, using dangerous roads and tunnels. Before the war, it took 10 minutes.

War brings out the worst in a society. People are subjected to extortion, threats and detention at checkpoints. The violence has destroyed our social fabric and created smaller conflicts. It has eroded us materially and morally, we have lost the right to live safely and with dignity.


I already live in this war, but humanitarian work exposes you to the very worst of it, to the sadness and tragedy of people suffering the most. We already know that the shelling kills people, but I am seeing what a broken economy does too. People have been left so desperately poor that they kill themselves before the hunger does.

Our work is important, but it is also horrifying.


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Saudi-led coalition accused of using Sudanese child mercenaries ‘like firewood’ to fuel Yemen war

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is recruiting Sudanese child soldiers from war-torn Darfur to serve on the front lines, according to a new report claiming children as young as 14 comprise up to 40 percent of some units.

Reports from Sudanese soldiers who’ve returned from Yemen indicate up to 14,000 Sudanese have been fighting for the Saudi-led coalition. Most hail from Darfur, a region still mired in chaos after a prolonged and bloody war that saw 300,000 people killed and 1.2 million displaced from their homes, and many are children, according to a shocking report from the New York Times.

So few are opportunities in war-torn Darfur that some families actually bribe militia officers to take their sons to fight in Yemen, according to the report. The Times interviewed five fighters returning from Yemen who confirmed children as young as 14 comprised at least a fifth of their units. Two soldiers said the proportion was closer to 40 percent.

The Sudanese mercenaries were literally cannon fodder, directed from afar through radio headsets and GPS by Saudi and Emirati commanders who preferred to maintain a safe distance from the front lines, according to soldiers who fought for the coalition. “They treat the Sudanese like their firewood,” said combat veteran Ahmed, who would not allow his full name to be printed for fear of government retaliation.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen is known to pad its ranks with mercenaries – including former US soldiers, controversially. But American soldiers aren’t cheap, and the Saudis have been recruiting young veterans of the Darfur conflict to get more bang for their buck. Many of these are veterans of the Janjaweed tribal militia whose brutality aroused international outcry during the Darfur conflict, where they are held responsible for committing war crimes including systematic rape, murder of civilians, and genocide.

They are fighting in Yemen because they know that in Sudan they don’t have a future,” said economic consultant Hafiz Ismail Mohamed. “We are exporting soldiers to fight like they are commodity we are exchanging for foreign currency.” He lamented the state of the Sudanese economy where a skilled doctor could earn at most $500 a month while even a novice fighter received $655 for a month of combat – plus a $10,000 bonus after a six-month tour of duty.


A Saudi military spokesman denied the government is recruiting children. Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Babikir Elsiddig Elamin was more circumspect in his denial, merely commenting that Sudan was fighting “in the interest of regional peace and stability.”

By all accounts, the war in Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, leaving half the country’s population on the brink of starvation and decimating its civilian infrastructure. According to estimates from NGO Save the Children, up to 85,000 children may have died of starvation since hostilities began in 2015, and disease is rampant.

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Rick WilsonVerified account @TheRickWilson 10h10 hours ago


The "For Sale" sign on Trump's forehead make me so proud.


The Situation RoomVerified account @CNNSitRoom


.@Acosta: ”Are you letting the Saudis get away with murder, murdering a journalist?"

President Trump: “No. This is about America First. They’re paying us $400 billion plus to purchase and invest in our country.” http://cnn.it/2QXn8hR 

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Kyle GriffinVerified account @kylegriffin1 43m43 minutes ago


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide in 2017 that he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi

if Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government,

current and former American and foreign officials tell NYT.


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Ted LieuVerified account @tedlieu 1h1 hour ago


Ted Lieu Retweeted Foreign Ministry


Dear @KSAmofaEN & @AdelAljubeir: Congress doesn't care about red lines. We care about the truth.


Qs for you: -Why did Saudi leadership lie for 17 days to Congress about Khashoggi's murder?


-Where is Khashoggi's body?


-Did Saudis funnel any money to @realDonaldTrump or Kushner?


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