There can be one and only one explanation as to why Trump is helping the Saudis cover up murder: Trump is being bribed.
Trump himself admitted in a campaign speech in Alabama in 2015 that the Saudis spend a lot of money with him, buying Trump properties.
At a campaign rally in 2015, Trump articulated the specific conflict that he denied on Tuesday morning.
“Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them,” he said. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”
In the 1990s, as Trump’s business empire was stumbling, he secured cash infusions from deals with Saudi officials.
- He sold a yacht (coincidentally once owned by a cousin of Khashoggi’s) for $20 million to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
- Trump sold a stake in the Plaza Hotel to the prince a few years later.
- In 2001, he sold a floor of Trump World Tower, near the United Nations in New York, to the Saudi government for $4.5 million.
More recently, the Saudi government spent $270,000 at Trump’s D.C. hotel.
“The rooms,” The Post’s David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell reported, “were used to house people visiting Washington to lobby against a law that the Saudi government opposed — a law that allows victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue the Saudi government.”
Earlier this year, the Trump International Hotel was able to turn around its two-year losing streak, seeing a profit in the first three quarters of 2018. How? A five-day stay in March by members of the crown prince’s entourage.
This excludes income from other Saudi Arabian nationals. Earlier this year, the management of Trump’s hotel in Chicago reported that business from Saudi Arabia was “up significantly over the previous year,” with 218 room-nights (one room booked for one night), compared with 116 to the same point in 2017.
Call it what you will, the fact remains, it’s bribery and the President of the US is being bribed by a foreign power. That’s known as treason.