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Donald Trump Then vs Now on Saudi Arabia

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Donald Trump Then vs Now on Saudi Arabia

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Let’s compare what Donald Trump said in 2014 vs what he is saying today regarding Saudi Arabia.

Donald Trump the Candidate

Donald J. Trump

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Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars, which they won’t, or pay us an absolute fortune to protect them and their great wealth-$ trillion!

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Donald Trump the President

Donald J. Trump

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Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

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Today, Trump is Locked and Loaded (and Waiting for Saudi Arabia to Tell Us What to Do).

Politico comments Trump’s Deference to Saudi Arabia Infuriates Much of D.C.

“Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First,’” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, tweeted on Sunday night.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican-turned-independent, noted that Congress is the body empowered to “commence war.” “We don’t take orders from foreign powers,” he tweeted.

“Direct engagement by U.S. military in response to Iran’s attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure would be a grave mistake,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) tweeted on Monday. “The U.S. has continued arms sales so Saudi Arabia can defend itself. If S.A. responds against Iran attacks, the U.S. should be ready to support in a non-kinetic role.”

Asked if he had pledged to protect the Saudis, Trump said: “No, I haven’t promised the Saudis that … We have to sit down with the Saudis and work something out.” Such equivocation is unlikely to deflate the controversy around Riyadh’s role in U.S. policy.

This makes perfect sense in some alternate universe somewhere.

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