Trump’s Personal Saudi Deals Loom Over His Jamal Khashoggi Apathy
Trump cited America’s deals with Saudi Arabia to shrug off the dissident’s apparent murder, but he’s got plenty of his own business in the kingdom.
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Why is Donald Trump so eager to buy Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s cover story about a “rogue operation” to murder Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post columnist and dissident critic? Well, it could be, as Trump said, that he’d rather prioritize the $110 billion in hoped-for arms deals with the kingdom than stick up for human rights. Another reason could be the fact that Trump, despite his tweet, has a lot of personal business deals with wealthy Saudis.
Trump and Uncle Adnan: Ironically enough, one of the Saudis who Trump did business with back in the 1980s was Adnan Khashoggi, the uncle of Jamal. Adnan was a high-profile financier who dabbled in arms dealing and got tangled up in the Iran-Contra scandal. When his finances took a hit, Khashoggi held a fire sale and pawned off his prized yacht, the Nabila, to Trump for somewhere between $25-30 million. “Not many people live a life like Khashoggi but I’m coming damn close,” Trump told Newsweek in 1987.