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Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Was Always Suspicious’ That a ‘Financial Transaction’ Affected Trump’s Treatment of Saudis

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) floated an accusation that a personal financial transaction with Saudi Arabia has resulted in a softer response from President Donald Trump in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Appearing on the progressive SiriusXM daily talk show Signal Boost, the House Speaker questioned why Trump’s first major overseas trip as president was a visit to Saudi Arabia.

“I’ve always wondered why he went there as the first country to visit outside of the United States,” Pelosi said. She added, “There are many friends and allies we could have gone to.”

Pelosi then questioned whether Trump put personal profit ahead of country in the case of Khashoggi — whom the Saudis are reportedly about to admit was killed in a botched interrogation.

“I was always suspicious that there was some kind of a financial transaction involved there, whether for his businesses or whatever, and I’m not convinced there isn’t,” Pelosi said. “And I think that plays out here.”

Pelosi also cited Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin‘s planned trip to a financial conference in Riyadh, despite many having pulled out, and added, “[Trump’s] relationship with Saudi Arabia is something.”

Watch above, via SiriusXM’s Progress Channel 127.

[featured photo via SiriusXM/Getty]

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