Trump Gives Saudis A Full Pass On Murder Of Washington Post Journalist

President Donald Trump indicted in a statement released by the White House Tuesday afternoon that he will not punish Saudi Arabia in any matter whatsoever for their role in the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Despite reports from the CIA that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly involved in the murder of Khashoggi, Trump declared Saudi Arabia to be “a great ally” adding this about the possible involvement of the crown prince:

“Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning of execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.”

Trump then pivoted to a recent arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which he said is valued at $450 million, even though numerous experts have said the deal is not nearly that large and will not create any American jobs:

“This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States.”

While he was at it, Trump also repeated a lie about the murdered journalist, alleging he had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, insinuating that Khashoggi had been a member of a terrorist organization:

“Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an ‘enemy of the state’ and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Not long after the White House released the president’s statement, Twitter lit up with criticism of Trump for choosing greed over morality:

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