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READ: Wall St. Journal Excoriates Donald Trump For Issuing Saudi Arabia Statement ‘Without So Much as a Grace Note About America’s Abiding Values and Principles.

Well said.

US President Donald Trump (R) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi left Americans shocked. Though the Saudi government has denied it, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Khashoggi’s murderers were acting on direct orders from the Crown Prince himself, against whom Khashoggi was a fierce dissident.

In Trump’s statement on the atrocity, he first demonizes Iran then hails Saudi Arabia then brags about the money he’s gotten for the United States through Saudi Arabia. He doesn’t mention Jamal Khashoggi until the fourth paragraph.

And while that was disgraceful enough to many, the Wall Street Journal is pointing out a topic he omitted outright.

In the statement, the President, whose infamous campaign slogan was Make America Great Again, gave no attention to the qualities that make America great (spoiler alert: America didn’t get great by killing journalists).

The Wall Street Journal said in the piece:

we are aware of no President, not even such ruthless pragmatists as Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson, who would have written a public statement like this without so much as a grace note about America’s abiding values and principles. Ronald Reagan especially pursued a hard-line, often controversial, foreign policy against Soviet Communism, but he did so with a balance of unblinkered realism and American idealism. Mr. Trump seems incapable of such balance.

The Wall Street Journal is typically regarded as a more conservative outlet, so the editorial board’s bristling of the President left some surprised.

Americans are taking the paper’s side, pointing out how starkly Saudi leaders contrast American values and often humanity itself.

Unfortunately, the cruelty in Trump’s statement doesn’t come as a surprise.

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