President Trump loves Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis love him back. Trump’s newfound love for Saudi Arabia is a far cry from Trump in 2015.
Early on in his presidential campaign, Donald Trump had a far more adversarial tone in reference to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a tweet sent on December 11, 2015, then-candidate Trump tweeted directly at Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal that if he was elected president, the Saudi prince would no longer be allowed to “control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
Trump sent the tweet in response to Prince Al-Waleed’s remarks that his proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the United States made the presidential candidate a “disgrace,” and called on him to withdraw his candidacy from the 2016 election. However, Trump’s remarks that Prince Al-Waleed “controlled” politicians is not entirely incorrect — up until 2015, the Saudi heir held a significant share of stock in NewsCorp, which is owned by right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The prince’s investment firm still owns stock in 21st Century Fox — the parent company of conservative-leaning Fox News.
Of course, 2015 Trump would likely be sorely disappointed in 2017 Trump, who literally curtsied when he was given the Order of King Abdulaziz award by Saudi King Salman this past weekend. Trump previously criticized former President Barack Obama for bowing to foreign leaders, including the King of Saudi Arabia. Trump also recently delivered a speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia, calling on the world’s chief sponsor of Islamic terrorism to ramp up efforts to stop Islamic terrorism.
Trump’s international trip has already been marred with controversy, as his son-in-law Jared Kushner negotiated a $100 billion arms deal with the Saudi kingdom just prior to the Islamic nation contributing $100 million to First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s female entrepreneurship fund.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.