Donald Trump’s Saudia Arabian Values
The Saudis sure know how to treat Trump fairly.
“After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.”
Looks like the Saudis are presenting Trump a certification that he was the winner of the Electoral College. pic.twitter.com/9gurI3qcxP
— T. R. Ramachandran (@yottapoint) May 20, 2017
And Trump-and his family-sure seem to fit right in.
Today: President's daughter replaces him at Saudi Arabia speech, president's son-in-law issues statement on how foreign trip is going.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 21, 2017
WH announced Trump is "exhausted." So Ivanka and Jared — NOT THE SECRETARY OF STATE — take over. Acting like Saudi Royals. https://t.co/RhtB4tGauz
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) May 22, 2017
The Saudis understand rule by family nepotism. Indeed, the Saudis aren’t sore about Trump’s possible Russia collusion in our election as they don’t believe in democracy anyway. Trump fits right in. The Saudis know how to treat Donald Trump-like hereditary royalty.
Trump went as far as claiming that we ‘share values’ with the Saudis. Sure-he does.
“At times Trump’s language was cringe-worthy. It is all well and good to explain we have shared “interests” — with regard to fighting Iran and the Islamic State, most clearly. To say we have shared “values” with Saudi Arabia, however, is daft, and shows how deficient is Trump’s understanding of American values and their role in American foreign policy. In so starkly diminishing the importance of human rights, he foolishly sacrificed our moral authority and risked repeating his predecessor’s foolish, unqualified support of Middle Eastern dictators.”
“When after the speech Trump attempted to scold Iran for its human rights policy, the flaw in this approach was evident. For both Iran and Saudi Arabia, we are not “tell[ing] other people how to live” but standing up for universal human rights. We are not “lectur[ing]” but extolling the importance of recognizing human dignity. And we give a flawed message that modernization and full inclusion in the community of nations are.”
“Trump and Saudi royals hit it off. They no doubt share a love of ostentatious wealth, impatience with democracy and unfamiliarity with the rule of law. That creates a creepy impression of a president more at home glad-handing authoritarians than defending American exceptionalism. Wasn’t that his complaint about Obama?”
UPDATE: This is just too on the nose.
Wilbur Ross touts the lack of protests in Saudi Arabia during Trump's visit (maybe it's because protesters are jailed & sometimes beheaded?) pic.twitter.com/DQIENgtopz
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 22, 2017
What the Saudi-and other Sunni authoritarians-like about Trump is he’s not Obama. In their mind, it doesn’t get worse than Obama-his support for the Iran deal, his criticism of Sunni monarchies. etc.
Make no mistake: Trump's people want a war with Iran. They are upset that Iran's VOTING public decided not to play along. pic.twitter.com/zphke4rEwL
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) May 22, 2017
“With trumpets blaring, cannons booming and fighter jets streaking overhead trailed by red, white and blue contrails, President Trump arrived in the scorching heat of the Arabian desert on Saturday hoping to realign the politics and diplomacy of the Middle East by forcefully reasserting American support for Sunni Muslim countries and Israel against Iran’s Shiite-led government.”
“The start of Mr. Trump’s first trip abroad since becoming president — coming amid the scandals and chaos engulfing his administration — was intended to be a blunt rejection of President Barack Obama’s vision for the region. Mr. Obama sought a reconciliation with Iran and negotiated a deal intended to keep Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.”
“The day proved to be almost everything a besieged White House could have wanted. After weeks of stormy politics and out-of-control news cycles, the president stayed rigorously on script and restrained himself on Twitter. His staff boasted about the business deals being signed, and the visual images beamed to Americans back home showed a president seemingly in command of a world stage.”
The MSM, of course, treated this Saudi visit as some huge success just because he didn’t say anything hateful about Muslims-no talk of radical Islamic terrorism, etc. This is the usual gentle curve for Herr Trump. Because he normally shits his pants, the fact that he goes a few days without it means ‘He became President tonight’ or some such claptrap.
But it’s not surprising he got along with the Saudi royals as they truly do share values-authoritarian values just like Trump personally shares values with the Turkey dictatorship.
Here is Week 27 with source links:https://t.co/2gvZNe8407
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) May 21, 2017
“Although the biggest headline of the week was the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia, of equal importance was the diurnal harbingers of our fading democracy. Trump’s WH invitation to yet another brutal authoritarian: Ergodan of Turkey, and the ensuing melee outside the Turkish embassy in DC, is a wake-up call for us all.”
“Trump hosted Turkey’s Ergodan at the WH, another in a string of brutal authoritarians invited to the WH despite human rights abuses at home.”
“After the meeting, a video captured Ergodan’s bodyguards viciously attacking protestors outside the Turkish embassy in DC. Later, a video surfaced of Ergodan watching as his guards beat protestors.”
Speaking of Trump’s meeting with dictators:
“Trump met with UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed at the WH Monday. In Week 21 it was noted that this crown prince brokered a meeting between Prince and a Putin ally in Seychelles, shortly after a clandestine US meeting with Kushner, Bannon and Flynn.”
So Trump is for Saudi Arabian values which are like Turkish values, authoritarian values.
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