December 9, 2019
….The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
In the wake of the Saudi terrorist attack on a base in Florida, Donald Trump, president of America, is shilling so hard for the Saudis that his teeth are rattling.
This is a literal rollercoaster of shilling.
After a Saudi gunman killed three people at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, some of President Donald Trump’s Republican allies took to the airwaves to condemn the attack as an act of terrorism, call for a halt to the training program that admitted the shooter and sharply press the Saudi government to cooperate in the investigation.
Trump did none of that. Instead, he used his appearances before television cameras – and his Twitter account – to repeatedly offer cover for the Saudis, conveying Riyadh’s condolences with more fervor than he used in relaying his personal feelings about the shooting.
“They are devastated in Saudi Arabia,” Trump told reporters Saturday, unprompted. “And the King will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones. He feels very strongly. He’s very, very devastated by what happened and what took place. Likewise, the Crown Prince. They are devastated by what took place in Pensacola.”
Trump’s defense of the Saudi government, which began just hours after Friday’s shooting, steadily became a more isolated position over the weekend as more information trickled out about the gunman and other Saudi nationals who were receiving training at the base.
On Sunday, the FBI said it presumed the shooting was terrorism.
“We are, as we do in most active-shooter investigations, work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism,” said Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville division.
Earlier Sunday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., normally a staunch Trump ally, was among several state officials pushing for more stringent scrutiny of foreigners who come to the United States for military training. Gaetz, who earlier called the killing an act of terrorism, also suggested the incident should change America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“Of course, what happened in Pensacola has to inform on our ongoing relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said ABC News’s “This Week.”
When Matt Gaetz is making you look like a shill, you know something has gone seriously wrong.
Calls for a reassessment of U.S.-Saudi relations, which have been growing with bipartisan support in recent years, have not received much of a hearing from Trump.
“He decided some time ago that he would be in their corner,” said Jonathan Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “And I don’t think that there’s any circumstance under which he would feel the need to rethink that.”
Trump, who often jumps to label shootings by foreigners from Muslim-majority countries as terrorism, had not done so as of Sunday evening.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment.
The media is going to attack him on this, because the media attacks him on everything, but this is one time when the media is right by accident.
Why do we have a “special relationship” with the world’s foremost sponsor of global terrorism, a country which was primarily responsible for 911?
(You can say Israel was responsible for 911, and you’d be right, but nonetheless the whole thing was run through Saudi Arabia and carried out by Saudi Arabians. Saudi Arabia is nothing more than a proxy state for Israel.)
Trump campaigned on cutting the relationship with Saudi Arabia, and called them out for funding terrorists. He also said that they should take refugees. He said all kinds of things. But for some reason, they’ve become the crown of his foreign policy agenda. That reason, of course, is the Jews.