When does Donald Trump’s incessant flow of untruths, lies, falsehoods, fabrications, and deceptions become too burdensome for the Senate Republicans? Apparently, the Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives gave them enough cover to come forward. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) had some surprising ideas about the Saudis’ torture, assassination, and dismemberment of The Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
While Lee was on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked the senator about Trump taking the word of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) over his own CIA. After all, the CIA found without question, that MBS ordered the journalist’s murder.
The Saudis lured Khashoggi, a Virginia resident, to one of their embassies in Turkey. He wanted to pick up some paperwork, so that he could remarry. The journalist was born in Saudi Arabia.
Lee disagreed with Trump about the intelligence:
‘I disagree with the president’s assessment. It’s inconsistent with the intelligence I’ve seen. Now look, I don’t have access to everything that the president sees. I’m not sure what he’s relying on. The intelligence I’ve seen suggests that this was ordered by the crown prince.’
Then, the Utah Senator continued, saying he has been pushing for America to pull out of the Yemen war. The U.S. has been supporting the war that Saudi Arabia has waged, but MBS has been bombing innocent children on a school bus and other civilians. There are 14 million Yemenis starving in the greatest humanitarian crises in the world. Lee said:
‘I think this is yet another indication that this unauthorized, unconstitutional war, from our standpoint, is not something that we ought to be fighting. This is not an ally that deserves this kind of military intervention. Especially because there’s been no connection between the safety of the American people and our involvement in this war.’
Todd wondered what POTUS’ motivation was in supporting the Saudis:
‘It is fair to ask the question what is the president’s motive behind siding with the Saudis? Should Congress look into see if he’s got financial motivations into why he might be siding with the Saudis over the CIA?’
Lee responded that he wanted to change the U.S. “relationship with the Saudis:”
‘Look, I don’t know why he’s siding with the Saudis. But I think there are things we can do to change out relationship with the Saudis, notwithstanding whatever his personal motivations might be. I’m also certain that in the next Congress people will look into that.’
Then, the Utah senator continued, asking the U.S. to quit helping support this ungodly war:
‘This unauthorized, unconstitutional war from our standpoint is not something we ought to be fighting. This is not an ally that deserves this kind of military intervention, especially because there’s been no connection between the safety of the American people and our involvement in this war.’
Last week, Trump pounded the press and his own CIA, according to PBS:
‘The CIA doesn’t say they did it. They do point out certain things. And pointing out those things, you can conclude that maybe he did or maybe he didn’t.’
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