Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared on CNBC bragging about not getting protested in Saudi Arabia where protesting is illegal and punishable by death.
Donald Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend to close an arms deal with Saudi officials. During that time, Secretary Ross boasted “there was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there.”
News anchor Becky Quick suggested that the lack of protest could be the result of Saudi Arabia being a police state where non-violent protests often result in substantial jail time. Ross brushed the notion off stating that he had received “two gigantic bushels of dates” from Saudi security personnel, believing it symbolized the country’s appreciation calling it “a from-the-heart, genuine gesture.”
“The other thing that was fascinating to me: there was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard,” said Ross.
Saudi protesters face consequences resulting anywhere from harsh jail sentences to even death by beheading as a result of speaking out against the country’s leadership. Waleed Abu al-Khair was sentence to 15 years by Saudi Arabia terrorism court for criticizing the government in media interviews and also thru social media.
Trump has also taken a similar stance when it comes to the activities of protesters in America, proclaiming the protesters have “no right” to express there disagreements at his campaign rallies.