On Thanksgiving, It’s Saudis First for Trump

“Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!” he wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where he’s spending Thanksgiving. [MSNBC]

THANKSGIVING means nothing to the accidental occupant of the White House, as his behavior illlustrates.

Instead of being grateful for the military and their service, including their families. Trump insults and defames Special Forces hero, Admiral McRaven. The man who orchestrated the bin Laden raid to bring the murderer to justice. This came after POTUS moved troops to our southern border in order to impact the midterm election.

Trump failed.

There is, however, no failure greater than Trump’s near-treasonous behavior during the 2016 election.

No president or politician in modern time has flouted American values more thoroughly.

Human rights are a nuisance to Trump’s bottom line.

When the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was abducted the worst was feared. The man’s murder and dismemberment have now been confirmed and the details are horrific.

You know things are bad when the United States President is weaker on human rights than Erdogan of Turkey.

Turkey accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to turn a blind eye to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and dismissed comments from President Donald Trump on the issue as “comic”. [Reuters]

The CIA confirmed Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s gruesome assassination.

From Bloomberg

…Officials, including President Donald Trump himself, seem keen to shield Prince Mohammed, better known as MBS, on the grounds that he is crucial to the administration’s ambitions in the Middle East, and especially to the confrontation with Iran. An investigation in Riyadh has pointed to senior Saudi officials, including a close MBS aide. But on this occasion, the CIA has taken a few weeks to finger the prince himself for the killing of the Washington Post columnist.

This tells us a few things. First, the CIA must be sure it has powerful evidence of the prince’s alleged responsibility — tapes and phone intercepts included. Second, the agency must believe that MBS isn’t essential to American security interests in the region. Had the spies agreed with the president’s assessment, it is unlikely they would have leaked their conclusion of MBS’s guilt. This is significant because the CIA works closely with its Saudi counterparts, and would not have made such a determination lightly. And third, the CIA is determined not to be involved in a shabby cover-up.

It makes for an awkward Thanksgiving weekend when you include the cozy relationship Jared Kushner has with MBS.

What will they talk about, Ivanka’s emails?

Economists point to a number of factors for the slower growth, but topping the list of scare factors for markets are those Fed interest rate hikes as well as the impact of tariffs and trade wars, should they continue. Economists do not foresee a recession next year, but by 2020, one seems more likely, some economists said. [CNBC]