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Trump’s Financial Ties To Saudi Arabia Should Be Of Interest To The Special Counsel: Report

Earlier this week, we learned that Special Counsel Jack Smith had subpoenaed business records from the Trump Organization regarding its international business dealings, especially its connections to the nations of China, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.

Saudi Arabia should be of special interest to investigators working for Smith, according to Heather Digby Parton of Salon, who notes, “If Trump were just retiring to his golf resorts and taking advantage of all the contacts he made while president, it might be reasonable just to let it go in the interest of never having to think about him again.”

But Trump is instead shilling for the Saudi-owned LIV golf tour, with many of the events being held at golf clubs owned by the failed and indicted ex-president.

Let’s hope that unlike Robert Mueller, who refused to exceed his mandate and look at Trump’s finances, Jack Smith sees this for the blatant corruption it is. Otherwise, we’re just accepting that it’s perfectly OK for presidents and presidential candidates to do big favors for autocratic foreign governments in exchange for money. Are we really that far gone?

It should also be noted that shortly after he left the White House as a senior adviser, Jared Kushner scored one of the largest deals ever for a departing member of an administration: $2 billion from Saudi Arabia.

The day after leaving the White House, Kushner created a company that he transformed months laterinto a private equity firm with $2 billion from a sovereign wealth fund chairedby Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner’s firm structured those fundsin sucha way that it did not have to disclose the source, according to previously unreported details of Securities and Exchange Commission forms reviewed by The Washington Post. His business used a commonly employed strategy that allows many equity firms to avoid transparency about funding sources, experts said.

Some will argue that the Saudis are our allies, which is partially true, but they also have blood and the stench of corruption all over their hands when it comes to the following events that no American should ever forget:

  • 15 of the 19 hijackers who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 were Saudi citizens.
  • The Saudis had a dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, killed and dismembered by members of an intelligence unit loyal to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Saudi Arabia increased oil production when Trump was in the White House but raised prices and cut production as soon as Joe Biden was elected in 2020.

Hopefully Jack Smith will indeed trace the links between Trump, his company, and Saudi Arabia, including what classified documents the disgraced former president may have shared with or sold to the Saudis. If it can be proven that Trump shared secret information with Saudi Arabia, the former president should be indicted and Saudis should be slapped with major economic sanctions.

 

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Elections Foreign Policy GOP Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Barks At Reporter When Asked What His Policy Would Be On Ukraine

According to some pundits, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is the most likely candidate to win the 2024 GOP presidential nominiation.

And yet, DeSantis continues to prove that he’s not exactly ready for primetime and isn’t the kind of person who is easily embraced by voters.

For example, consider what he recently said about his constant harping on the issue of what he labels “woke” ideology:

It’s no wonder then that a reporter from the Times of London recently sat down and spoke with DeSantis, though he came away wondering why anyone would ever vote for the man.

The Times of London, it should be noted, is owned by Rupert Murdoch, which may explain why DeSantis sat for the interview in the first place.

The reporter, David Charter, who also serves as US editor for the Times, asked DeSantis about the reputation he has for being awkward, cold, and unlikeable, to which the governor responded:

“You’ll sometimes read stuff, like DC public gossip, they’re like, oh, you know, he’s not social. Because honestly, when I was in Congress, I wasn’t there to party. I didn’t want to be part of that scene. My job was to represent the people. So I would do my job and I would go to my office, sleep on the couch, wake up, do it the next day, and I didn’t really have time for any of the other stuff. I just wanted to focus on the task at hand. And now it’s, like, I’m not out dealing with political people unless I have to. If I’m going to be out, doing different stuff, I’d rather my wife be with me, or kids be with me. So that’s just the decision that you make.”

Fair enough, but then Charter mentioned that DeSantis had recently criticized President Joe Biden for his policy on Ukraine, which he slammed as “blank check” diplomacy that reeks of “weakness.”

How would a President DeSantis differ from Biden on Ukraine? Charter tried to find out, but hit a brick wall.

I ask about Ukraine and he says that “there’s a critique of Biden, and I think I’m sympathetic to it in the sense that, is our policy just do whatever Zelensky wants? Or do we have a concrete idea of what we’re trying to achieve exactly?”

When I ask him how it should be handled differently, he refers to Biden being “weak on the world stage” and failing at deterrence, but as that is not answering how it should be handled now, I ask again. DeSantis does not have anything to add: “Perhaps you should cover some other ground? I think I’ve said enough.”

Said enough? You didn’t say a damn thing! All you did was hem and haw, then clam up when asked for specifics.

Ron DeSantis is not ready for primetime. He’s a cold fish and a devious wannabe fascist who needs to stay in the Sunshine State and then disappear from the public scene as soon as his term in office is over.

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Foreign Policy Fox News Lies GOP Russia

Tucker Carlson And MT Greene Slammed For Calling The Invasion Of Ukraine A ‘War Against Russia’

According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the Russian invasion of Ukraine is actually a “war against Russia.”

Carlson had Greene as a guest on his show Thursday evening, which just so happened to be the one-year anniversary of the Russian attack on its neighbor, and he began with this fact-free soliloquy:

“It’s funny how the people who hate the United States the most and spend the most time tearing it down, oh, it’s tainted by the original sin of slavery. It’s a terrible country. 1619 project.

“Who truly hate the United States are the ones who accuse people trying to save the United States from being destroyed in a pointless war of siding with a foreign dictator. Ignore them. They do not speak in good faith. They’re liars.

“Marjorie Taylor Greene represents the state of Georgia in the Congress, and we are happy to have her on tonight. Congresswoman, you seem to be fighting still a year later, a pretty lonely battle on the Republican side to wake up your own party to what they’re supporting, which is Joe Biden’s chief and craziest policy aim. Like, what is this?”

That led Greene to do some major historical revision of her own.

“Well it doesn’t feel very lonely from my standpoint, Tucker, you know, we just heard Mike McCaul, one of my colleagues in Congress, talk about bipartisan support for this war against Russia in Ukraine.

“Yeah, there’s bipartisan support among the American people, and that’s support for our country, our border, stopping crime in our cities, reducing inflation, and making things good in America.”

Greene then added this bit of hysterical overstatement:

“Again, there’s not bipartisan support among the American people for fighting a war in Ukraine that does nothing for Americans except forced them to pay for it. You know, I’m really sick and tired of it, and so is everyone else. Here’s the problem. The problem is that the warmongers and our supreme leaders and the Biden administration are so clueless, they are so stupid and they are so disconnected with what the American people want that they are literally going to lead us into World War III.”

And instead of blaming Russia and its terrorist leader, Vladimir Putin, Greene suggested that China is the only beneficiary of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“You know who’s for China, is the Biden administration. And the idiots that I work with in Congress that are leading us into World War Three and going to hurt America like never before.”

Carlson and Greene were shredded on Twitter for their moronic framing of the Russia-Ukraine matter.

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Foreign Policy GOP Joe Biden Ron DeSantis Russia Vladimir Putin

Ron DeSantis Spent Presidents’ Day Attacking Joe Biden And Making Excuses For Vladimir Putin

While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and his supporters love to say that he’s very different from failed former president Donald Trump, it turns out that in some ways, DeSantis is exactly the same as the disgraced ex-president.

Take, for example, comments DeSantis made today, which just so happens to be Presidents’ Day.

Appearing on Fox News, DeSantis attacked President Joe Biden for daring to visit our Ukrainian allies and reassert our support for them as they continue to battle against an illegal and immoral invasion by Russia and its terrorist leader, Vladimir Putin, remarking:

“So I think while he’s over there, I and many Americans are thinking to ourselves, Okay, he’s very concerned about those borders halfway around the world. He’s not done anything to secure our own borders here at home.”

Ah yes, the old apples and oranges debate tactic, which only serves to prove what a completely unoriginal hack the Florida governor is.

DeSantis also mentioned fentanyl and Chinese balloons, adding this bit of red meat for the Fox viewers:

 “We have a lot of problems accumulating here in our own country that he is neglecting.”

So Russia isn’t a problem? Putin isn’t a threat? Not to hear Ron tell it:

“I think it’s important to point out, I mean, you know, the fear of Russia going into NATO countries and all that, and steamrolling, that has not even come close to happening.”

It’s not happening because President Biden has strengthened ties to our NATO allies and made it clear that if Russia even thinks of stepping one toe into a NATO country, he will bring hell down on himself and his country.

Ron DeSantis is the same as Trump in one important way that disqualifies him from ever being president: He’s a puppet for Putin. The entire GOP is in the Kremlin’s back pocket.

 

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China Donald Trump Jr. Foreign Policy WTF?!

Donald Trump Jr: Hunter Biden’s Laptop Is The Reason For The Chinese Spy Balloon

According to Donald Trump Jr. (a.k.a. Eight Ball Jr.) the reason the Chinese spy balloon wandered into American airspace is very simple: It’s all due to Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Clearly inebriated on some illegal substance, Don Jr. posted a video on Friday afternoon in which he urged residents of Montana to shoot down the balloon (even though it’s at too high of an altitude to be taken down with a rifle) and then attempted to link the balloon to Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, who at least got help for his substance abuse problems, which is a hell of a lot more than you can say for Junior or his old man. (Toot toot!)

Here’s Don Jr’s brilliant rationale for the Chinese spy balloon:

“Do you think the billion-dollar Chinese investment into Hunter Biden was because he was a wonderful investor? All those incredible crackheads on Wall Street. There’s lots of them folks. The Chinese, you know, they don’t do any due diligence. They just hand out billions the same way Oprah hands out books. Stop shoot the thing down, figure out what’s going on, don’t look like a weakling.”

How does Junior know whether or not China does due diligence on its investments? Is he speaking from personal experience? After all, his old man had a Chinese bank account and even owed $20 million to a company that did business with North Korea in direct violation of U.S. law. And he owed that money while he was still president.

In other words, careful who you toss those allegations at, Don Jr., because you just might wind up shattering a few windows in that glass house your daddy bought for you with his grifting.

Junior got slammed online for his craziness, with many suggesting he needs to find a rehab and sign up STAT.

Do a few more lines, Junior. Maybe then you can fly and capture that Chinese balloon all by yourself.