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Trump inflated US-Saudi arms deals after Jamal Khashoggi’s death

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  • In the days following Saudi Arabia’s admission that
    journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its consulate building
    in Istanbul, Turkey, US President Donald Trump has agreed there
    are holes in the Kingdom’s latest explanation.
  • Riyadh confirmed Khashoggi’s death on Saturday, saying
    he died during a physical altercation with Saudi agents inside
    the consulate.
  • But after more than two weeks of stonewalling, that
    explanation has been widely panned and the concession failed to
    stem
    a massive sell off in Saudi stocks
    last week.
  • That has not stopped Trump from launching a perplexing
    defense of the House of Saud by vastly inflating the number of
    US jobs at stake, should the US abandon an arms deal with Saudi
    Arabia.
  • Trump has claimed that the Saudi arms deals will be the
    engine behind a million US jobs, an increase of 955,000 jobs in
    a handful of days.

In the days following Saudi Arabia’s admission that journalist
Jamal Khashoggi died inside its consulate building in Istanbul,
Turkey, US President Donald Trump has agreed there are holes in
the Kingdom’s latest explanation.

Riyadh
confirmed Khashoggi’s death
on Saturday, saying he died
during a physical altercation with Saudi agents inside the
consulate.

But after more than two weeks of stonewalling, that explanation
has been widely panned and the concession failed to stem
a massive sell off in Saudi stocks
last week. Also, that has
not stopped Trump from launching a perplexing defense of the
Saudis by vastly inflating the number of US jobs at stake if the
US abandons an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

On March 20, the day after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
arrived in Washington for his second sit down with Trump, the
president claimed the Saudi arms deals
helped create 40,000 new US jobs
.

That figure began to go nova on October 13, when Trump declared
from the White House, “I worked hard to get the order for the
military, $110 billion,” Trump said. “I believe it’s (the)
largest order ever made. It’s 450,000 jobs,” Trump claimed.

That number
jumped to 500,000
in an interview Trump gave to Fox Business
on October 17. And then hardly 48 hours later, after ABC News
claimed the Turkish government let Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
listen to audio allegedly detailing when and how Khashoggi was
killed, the same deals
started generating 600,000 jobs
.

The following evening, October 17, the president said Saudi arms
sales were behind “over a million jobs.” The details of the $110
billion arms package — initiated under the Obama administration
and agreed upon in May 2017 — have also been “sketchy,” according
to the Associated Press
.

The Pentagon has said Saudi Arabia signed “letters of offer and
acceptance” for only $14.5 billion in military sales.

The implication is that the vast majority of the package remains
in the air, a significant slice of money the administration is
doing its best not to place at risk.

Trump has so far proven unwilling to strongly condemn the events
surrounding Khashoggi’s disappearance and death that he has

turned a deaf ear to his own intelligence officials
,
prompting The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin to say his
administration has become “an accessory after the fact, an
enabler of nearly unimaginable evil.”

For now, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey
are continuing their investigations
into Khashoggi’s death
before Trump or the US Senate decide on any retaliatory measures
against the Kingdom.

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