Don Jr. Shares Post Accusing Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi of ‘Tooling Around’ With Terrorists
Donald Trump Jr. took a shot at missing Washington Post columnist and prominent Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, retweeting a post linking him to terrorists.
Khashoggi disappeared earlier this month after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, and it is suspected he was murdered by a team of Saudi security agents. The Washington Post reported on Thursday night that Turkish officials have told the U.S. that they have video and audio proving Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured, killed and dismembered by the Saudi team.
PJ Media’s Patrick Poole took to Twitter on Friday to post what he called a “notorious 1988 Arab News article” by Khashoggi in-which he can be seen “tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam.”
“He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding a RPG with jihadists,” Poole added.
I didn’t realize until yesterday that Jamal Khashoggi was the author of this notorious 1988 Arab News article of him tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam. He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding a RPG with jihadists. pic.twitter.com/G7xTCjwiPx
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) October 12, 2018
Sean Davis, founder of The Federalist website, shared the tweet linking Khashoggi to terrorists in the 1980s, suggesting the public portrayal of Khashoggi was like other “evidence-free narratives.” Davis’s tweet made it’s way up to the president’s son, who retweeted it from his public Twitter account:
Junior endorsing the idea that maybe Khashoggi deserved to be murdered by his government? pic.twitter.com/Ty5YPEmELU
— Sam Adler-Bell (@SamAdlerBell) October 12, 2018
What Poole failed to note in his tweet is that the U.S. was backing Afghanistan’s Mujahideen at the time that Khashoggi wrote about them, in their fight against the Soviet Union. Both Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam supported the Mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of the 1970s and 1980s.
Since Khashoggi’s disappearance, President Donald Trump has faced pressure to call out U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. While speaking about the disappearance yesterday, Trumpsaid the U.S. doesn’t “like it even a little bit,” but defended America’s arms deals with the country and noted Khashoggi was not a U.S. citizen.
“Whether or not we should stop $110 billion from being spent in this country – knowing they have … two very good alternatives,” Trump said. “That would not be acceptable to me.”
“I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money that’s being poured into our country – they are spending $110 billion on military equipment and on things that create jobs for this country,” he added.
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