Donald Trump takes his position as Commander in Chief of America’s armed forces very seriously. But to be clear he thinks of those armed forces as a mercenary army to be hired out by the highest bidder, or so the President’s recent comments about Saudi Arabia’s cash suggest.
When asked about his stance on Saudi Arabia on Monday and the possibility of the U.S. going to war to defend Saudi interests Trump proved once again that we’ve elected a used car salesman to the highest office in the land, saying the US could support Saudi Arabia because, unlike some other allies, they “pay cash.”
Here's Trump saying on Monday that the US is ready to go to war on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because they "pay cash" pic.twitter.com/Erefzgq0z8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
“They’ve been a great ally. They spent $400 billion dollars in our country over the last number of years. $400 billion that’s…a million and a half jobs. And they’re not ones, like some countries where they want terms…they want terms and conditions, they want to say ‘Can we borrow the money at zero percent for the next 400 years?’…No, Saudia Arabia pays cash.”
Trump’s explanation comes on the heels of some unsettling tweets the President recently sent out in the wake of an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility in which he stated that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” and, worryingly, that the US would defer to Saudi Arabia on how to proceed in the matter.
Because we have done so well with Energy over the last few years (thank you, Mr. President!), we are a net Energy Exporter, & now the Number One Energy Producer in the World. We don’t need Middle Eastern Oil & Gas, & in fact have very few tankers there, but will help our Allies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
As an article posted on Vox explains, the United States has no treaty with Saudi Arabia and isn’t obligated to come to the Kingdom’s aid, but the Saudis have a long-running relationship with Trump himself.
As Vox notes:
“But the Saudi royal family does seem to have a special relationship with Trump, who has repeatedly bucked bipartisan congressional majorities to back the Kingdom on topics ranging from its disastrous war in Yemen to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The seamless intermingling of Trump’s own personal interests with those of the country, and all the self-enriching that is clearly going on from Mar-a-Lago to Turnberry, is, of course, a matter of great concern.
Even more worrying, however, is the notion that Trump could get the U.S. embroiled in a war just to help out his cronies and financiers.