Lindsay Graham: I Can Never Do Business With Saudi Arabia As Long As MBS is In Charge
Mohammad Bin Salman is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and ostensibly the member of the Royal Family with whom the Trump administration enjoys the closest relationship. He is often referred to as MBS in cable news shorthand, and deteriorating diplomatic relations between the United States and the Saudis came up in conversation today when Senator Lindsay Graham visited the “curvy couch” of Fox & Friends.
The US-Saudi relationship is currently in question given the apparent assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives at their Istanbul-based consulate, which has been reported as an interrogation gone wrong. (The killing of journalists is typically frowned upon in free and democratic societies.)
When Graham was prompted by host Brian Kilmeade to discuss the current situation, Graham let loose.
“Nothing happens in Saudia Arabia without MBS knowing about it,” then adding “he’s on a bad track.”
He then said “I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us,” then clarified “I’m not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy is in charge.” He explained that he had been Saudi Arabia’s biggest defender on the floor of the Senate, saying of MBS “This guy is a wrecking ball.”
“He had this guy murdered in the consulate in Turkey. Expect me to ignore it? I feel used and abused. I was on the floor every time defending Saudi Arabia because they area good ally.”
Finally, he said “this MBS figure to me is toxic. He can never be a world leader on the world stage,” suggesting that the King of Saudi Arabia should choose a new presumptive leader from a slew of other Crown Princes at his avail.
Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.
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