“If we abandon Saudi it would be a terrible mistake,” Trump later told reporters. He added he was “not going to destroy the economy of our country” by potentially disrupting the flow of oil from the Middle Eastern kingdom.
Trump also cited the alleged $450 billion worth of Saudi money he claims is necessary to keep our economy chugging along. ”
After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year,” Trump said, “the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States.”
Trump has repeated this “pants on fire” lie innumerable times since Khashoggi’s disappearance.
tRUmp completed his deal. pic.twitter.com/ASUCXKFYRA
— UnclearLAS (@UnclearLAS) November 20, 2018
“It’s a very simple equation for me,” Trump gloated. “I’m about make America great again and I’m about America first.”
Ryan was having none of it.
Thank you Fred Ryan. We should not let this behavior stand. Among his two years of disgraceful behavior, this is one of the most vile and disgusting things Trump has done. https://t.co/nl37Wiczm7
— TK (@grandpabodie) November 20, 2018
“In this failure of leadership from President Trump,” Ryan concludes, “it now falls to Congress to stand up for America’s true values and lasting interests.”
Why I think this is an important statement. Sadly, @POTUS is duly elected. He quite literally speaks for us. This is a permanent stain. The only recourse is for Congress to renounce.
— David Terry (@davidgoterry) November 20, 2018
Thank you, Mr. Ryan. This is the correct response. As others have said, please continue investigating both regimes and their ties. This is a gross betrayal of democratic values.
— CriticalThinking (@BloomTaxonomy) November 20, 2018
— d_twit (@d_twit) November 20, 2018
I hope your paper will start treating this administration as an adversary. Time for the gloves to come OFF. The @washingtonpost saved the country before. Can you please save us again?
— Julie (@Manyakitty307) November 20, 2018