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The Saudis Gave Trump Fur Coats In Order To ‘Buy’ His Loyalty – But The Furs Were Fake

Shortly after he was elected, failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump decided to make his first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia, which left many foreign policy experts scratching their heads. After all, the Saudis aren’t our closest ally (that would be the United Kingdom) and are only of strategic significance because they’re sitting on all that crude oil.

But thanks to the New York Times, we now know exactly why Trump chose the Saudi kingdom for his initial foreign trip: Because he knew the ultrarich Saudi royal family would shower him with gifts in order to buy goodwill with the new president.

What sort of gifts? Well, coats and robes made of tiger and cheetah fur and a dagger with an ivory handle.

But it turns out the Saudis pulled a trick out of the Trump playbook and gave the Donald fake furs that had little to no value:

“Wildlife inspectors and special agents determined the linings of the robes were dyed to mimic tiger and cheetah patterns and were not comprised of protected species.”

Faux fur. Sounds like the kind of crap Ivanka would sell in her clothing line, most of which is now going for bargain basement prices at clearance outlets across the world. Seems no one wants her crap clothes because her daddy has made the Trump name as toxic as Saddam Hussein’s.

The Times also notes that the Saudis lavished Trump with lots of gifts, and the nine most pricey ones had to be submitted for a determination of value. That’s how they found out that the furs were cheap imitations:

“Nine of the most expensive presents — the three furs, three swords and three daggers — were sent to the White House gifts unit to be assessed and appraised but never appeared on any of the Trump State Department’s legally required annual filings for foreign gifts, according to a review of government documents.”

Trump was so convinced that he’d received something of value that he held off reporting the gifts until his very last day in office. He also likely didn’t want to admit he’d taken the goodies for fear it would lead to yet another impeachment trial. Of course, Donnie still goes down in history as the only president to ever be impeached TWICE and also the only one to be impeached during his first term. Since he didn’t get a second term, that means the Donald will likely be regarded by historians as the biggest failure to ever hold the office of president.

But hey, at least he got some nice fake tiger and cheetah coats. Maybe he can hawk them on the street outside Trump Tower after the banks he owes seize his assets to pay back all those loans that are about to come due.

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Saudi Arabia Funneled Millions In Illegal Money To Trump’s 2016 Campaign: REPORT

A Lebanese-American businessman says that he personally helped the 2016 Trump for President campaign hide million of dollars in illegal campaign contributions from Saudi Arabia, all of which were a direct violation of federal law.

Andy Khawaja told Spectator that he personally sold advanced technology which allowed campaign operative George Nader that allowed the Trump campaign to conceal millions in donations from both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). That technology made those funds appear to be from American citizens:

“He says that to keep it secret, they disguised the money as small donations from Americans, using stolen identities and ‘virtual credit cards’ or gift cards — donations of less than $200 do not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission and made public. He claims the Saudis and the Emiratis were able to make thousands of such small donations at a time using the latest payment processing technology.”

Khawaja also told Spectator reporter Paul Wood that members of the 2016 Trump campaign often bragged that Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Russia were all committed to helping Trump become president, and one of the main ways they could accomplish that was by making sure badly-needed campaign funds were available to purchase campaign ads, especially on social media.

And why were the Saudis so eager to get Trump into office? Nader told Khawaja it was because the hardliners in the Saudi government were convinced Trump would be tough on Iran, the main rival power to the powers-that-be in Riyadh:

“We have a deal with Trump: my boss, His Highness, made a deal that if we help Trump get elected, he’s going to be harsh on Iran, he’s going to take out the nuclear deal that the Obama administration made. That will cripple the Iranian economy and will sanction Iran from selling oil again. It will make it very difficult for them to compete in the oil market. That’s worth a hundred billion dollars to us. That’s the reason we cannot allow Hillary to win at any cost. She must lose.”

Remember when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi? Even U.S. intelligence said the prince played a major role in Khashoggi’s brutal killing. And yet Trump refused to condemn the Saudis or Bin Salman. And now we know why: It was all about the money.

Donald Trump is for sale to the highest bidder. He always has been. Now, however, with him in the White House, that means he is happy to sell out everything this country once stood for in order to enrich himself and also become an American dictator.

The greatest existential threat the United States has ever faced is now serving as president. This will not end well.

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Elijah Cummings Reveals Trump Has Potentially Illegal Ties To Saudi Arabia

Now we know the real motive behind Donald Trump’s attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have nothing to do with a 2020 campaign strategy or to solidify the GOP base in anticipation of next year’s election.

Instead, it’s clear that the president is terrified. And based on a report issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that Cummings chairs, Trump has every reason to be worried about what comes next for him.

The report in question suggests that top Trump administration officials, as well as the president himself, were actively working behind the scenes to help Saudi Arabia in exchange for payoffs from business interests in the kingdom, Vanity Fair reports:

“A new House Oversight Committee report revealed the extent to which a private company and the Trump allies associated with it were able to use the administration to further their own financial interests in Riyadh. The new House report centers on how IP3, a private company described by one nuclear industry exec as ‘the Theranos of the nuclear industry,’ has been attempting to circumvent the obstacles stopping them from transferring U.S. nuclear technology to the Saudis—with the Trump team’s help. ‘With regard to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests,’ the House report alleges. “The documents show the Administration’s willingness to let private parties with close ties to the President wield outsized influence over U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia.”

Remember how Trump downplayed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist who worked for the Washington Post, even though U.S. intelligence confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination? It would seem that the president did so because he knew people around him (and even the Trump Organization) stood to benefit financially if the Saudis were kept happy.

In a statement issued with the report, Rep. Cummings wrote:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

These connections between the White House and Saudi Arabia are just the latest evidence that this administration is out of control and that the president and his top advisers are only interested in enriching themselves, even at the expense of U.S. national security.

Congress doesn’t need to look any further for evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors by this president. It has more than enough to begin impeachment. It’s time to take the next step and hold this criminal accountable.

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Mueller Is About To Blow The Lid Off Trump’s Illegal Collusion With Saudi Arabia

Anytime we hear about the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the 2016 election, the country mentioned is Russia. And while it’s already been proven that members of Donald Trump’s campaign had numerous contacts with Russian nationals and other questionable Russian entities, it now looks as if Mueller is preparing to cast his net even further. Specifically, to the Middle East.

The Daily Beast is reporting that the next phase of the Mueller probe will be focused on a possible conspiracy between Trump and the nations of United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel:

“Various witnesses affiliated with the Trump campaign have been questioned about their conversations with deeply connected individuals from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, according to people familiar with the probe. Topics in those meetings ranged from the use of social-media manipulation to help install Trump in the White House to the overthrow of the regime in Iran.

“Now, according to those same sources, the Special Counsel’s Office is ready to outline what cooperating witnesses have told them about foreigners’ plans to help Trump win the presidency. Two sources with knowledge of the probe said Mueller’s team has for months discussed the possibility of issuing new charges on this side of the investigation.”

Considering how completely servile Trump has been towards some countries in the Middle East — most notably Saudi Arabia and Israel — it certainly appears there’s more than just trying to support traditional allies at work here.

Within the past couple of months, Trump has refused to criticize Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his role in the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi. He also agreed to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, even though doing so all but ended any serious efforts by the United States to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Additionally, it has also been revealed that the Trump inaugural committee is suspected of having accepted millions in donations from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE via straw donors in exchange for favors from the Trump administration.

We won’t have to wait much longer for Mueller’s next moves as they pertain to the Middle East connection, the Daily Beast notes:

“In court filings that are set to drop in early 2019, prosecutors will begin to unveil Middle Eastern countries’ attempts to influence American politics.”

Donald Trump, it appears, sold his soul to many countries.