Nothing will get in the way of President Donald Trump suckering up to dictators and parroting their talking points, or so it seems. In the wake of the disappearance and reported murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the president has been in touch with the Saudi Arabian government, suspected as behind his death. However, going away from his conversations with Saudi leadership, he’s simply reiterated their denials of involvement, offering no apparent room to the idea that maybe the dictators are lying.
He told the world Tuesday afternoon:
‘Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate. He was with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the call, and told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter. Answers will be forthcoming shortly.’
In other words, we’re supposed to believe that the dictatorial government accused of ordering a journalist’s death will provide answers in their own investigation of the matter. That set-up is like when police departments “investigate” one of their own for wrongdoing on the job, or when the president gave credence to the idea of having investigators looking into Russian election meddling go to Russia — where who knows what would happen.
That instance of the president allowing for some legitimacy to the idea of sending Russian political opponents to the place where they could meet a fate similar to Khashoggi remains one of many in which he’s tripped over himself to follow after dictators the world over.
He’s spoken of the “love” between him and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, and he’s praised the murderous leadership of Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. He’s parroted their ideas, too — ending joint military exercises with the South Koreans for the time being and proposing a plan to execute drug dealers, just like Duterte.
He’s still at these same methods.
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