Morning Joe’s Sam Stein: Trump’s Murky Personal Finances Are a ‘Ticking Time Bomb’


The political assassination of a Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian operatives in a Turkish-base consulate has brought increased attention between the Trump Administration and the Saudi Royal Family. 

Amid growing criticism of putting his personal business dealings ahead of national interest, President Donald Trump claimed via Twitter that he had NO business arrangements with Saudi Arabia.

But as Willie Geist outlined in the segment above, Trump’s claims are undermined by a number of previously reported facts, and even claims he’s made on the campaign rally speech in Alabama.

Then-candidate Trump bragged he gets along well with Saudi Arabia: “They buy apartments from me,” Trump said during the Alabama rally. “They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.” Remember, 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked the United States on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.

Daily Beast editor, and frequent Morning Joe contributor put as fine a point on it as one could imagine when he said “the opaqueness around Trump’s finances are a ticking time bomb” suggesting that a chief reason behind the Trump administration’s of the Saudi Royal Family is fueled more by personal gain than what’s in the best diplomatic interests for the United States.

Stein added “we are looking at a midterm election in which the Democrats probably will take the over the house. At that point, they will be able to look under the hood at his finances and we may get a clear understanding of the extent of the dealings that he has not just with Russia, but in this case Saudi Arabia.”

Watch the clip above courtesy of MSNBC.

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