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Fox Guest Says Trump’s Saudi Statement Shows ‘Weakness’: He’s ‘Not Acting in the Best Interest of This Country’

Fox News anchor Bret Baier held a panel discussion on President Donald Trump‘s widely decried statement siding with Saudi Arabia in the killing of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi Tuesday evening.

After Byron York offered a tepid criticism of Trump (“even his supporters wish he could probably find more of a middle ground,” York said), fellow guest A.B. Stoddard  was searing.

“The message that this sends around the world is one of weakness and abandonment of our values,” began Stoddard, an editor at RealClearPolitics. “The president fails to affirm our commitment to the values that make us great.”

“His statement said — it was a statement of standing with Saudi Arabia,” she continued. “There was no balance, there was none of the values and commitments that you discuss your commitment to, and then you pivot to the importance of a relationship. It was ‘If they are going to give us money, we need them. I’m competing for contracts with the Russians and the Chinese.'”

Stoddard invoked Sen. Rand Paul‘s tweet describing Trump’s statement as “not America First,” but “Saudi Arabia First.”

“The condemnation has been swift and profound,” she noted. “It’s because the president is not acting in the best interest of this country when he solely makes this a business arrangement.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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