President Donald Trump defended his decision not to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. insisting it would be “foolish” to cut ties. (Nov. 20)
Comedian Michelle Wolf delivered a mic-dropping response Wednesday to a tweet from President Donald Trump slamming her performance at last year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.Â
Trump sent a tweet late Tuesday celebrating theÂ White House Correspondents’ Association’s decision to have biographer Ron Chernow headline this year’s dinner after “so-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year.”Â
“I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist. #BeBest,” Wolf tweeted in reply, simultaneously mocking the president’s response to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s alleged role in Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’sÂ murder and the slogan for first lady Melania Trump’s initiative.Â
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Wolf was far from the only person on Twitter deriding Trump for his response toÂ Khashoggi’sÂ murder. Many politicians, including several Republican senators, pushed back at Trump after the White House issued a statement on Tuesday declaring that “it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event â€“ maybe he did and maybe he didnâ€™t!”Â
â€˜Maybe he did and maybe he didnâ€™t!â€™: Trump says US will stand by Saudis despite Khashoggi murder
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The statement explained that “Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world” and has helped keep oil prices down, so no further action is planned against the Arab nation’s ruling family.
“America First!” it concluded.Â
“Letâ€™s put America first, not Saudi Arabia,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. tweeted in response.Â
“‘Great allies’Â donâ€™t plot the murder of journalists, Mr. President. ‘Great allies’ donâ€™t lure their own citizens into a trap, then kill them,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said.
“One thing I learned during the Obama years is that when you look the other way regarding problems in the Middle East, it seldom works out,” warned Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
One thing I learned during the Obama years is that when you look the other way regarding problems in the Middle East, it seldom works out.
â€” Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 20, 2018
“I never thought Iâ€™d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.Â
“Nothing says ‘America First!’ like believing the Saudis over U.S. intel,” tweeted Republican pollster Frank Luntz.Â
Here are some other reactions:Â
Oh my god. Catastrophic. This is written by the Saudis – word for word.
Itâ€™s now 100% clear the Saudis own our President – and the new House Dem majority needs to get to the bottom of this ASAP. https://t.co/fc32FAumqD
â€” Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 20, 2018
Once again, our President proves that you canâ€™t buy a moral compass.
And Saudi Arabia proves that you can, on the other hand, buy a President. https://t.co/NC3X7umsGG
â€” Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 20, 2018
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Our view: Don’t let Saudi Arabia get away with murder
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