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Trump Calls ‘Fake News’ on Alleged Saudi Financial Interests…Despite Previous Boasts About the Same

President Trump is calling “FAKE NEWS” on the suggestion that he’s being soft on Saudi Arabia because he doesn’t want to endanger his business interests in the region.

After trashing Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) over her effort to lay her Native American ancestry claims to rest, Trump went back to tweeting about migrant “caravans” and threatening to cut aid to Latin American countries if they aren’t stopped.

After that, Trump went after those who have insinuated that he has gone easy on Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi‘s suspicious disappearance because he has a personal stake in not antagonizing their government.

Despite Trump’s insistence to the contrary, his business organization has longstanding connections to the Saudi government and has conducted several million dollars worth of transactions with multiple officials. Washington Post has noted that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bought a yacht and a stake in Trump’s Plaza Hotel during the 90s when Trump was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, other Saudis have purchased other pieces of real estate from him throughout the decades, and the president registered eight companies in Saudi Arabia during the 2016 election.

Trump has spoken about his Saudi Arabian ties before, one instance being a 2015 rally where he waxed on about how he gets along with them just fine.

“They buy apartments from me,” Trump said. “They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”

Watch above, via C-SPAN.

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