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Trump’s connections to Saudi Arabia are older than the current Crown Prince MBS. Why do people suppose that Trump needs MBS? What if MBS was played by Trump and Kushner, and not vice versa?

Above is Olympic Tower, on 5th Ave. and W. 51st, where journalist Khashoggi’s arms-dealing uncle lived and Trump visited in the 1980s.

C27281-24, King Fahd and the Reagan’s greeting Ivana Trump with Donald Trump at a state dinner for King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in the blue room. 2/11/85.” The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman was born on August 31, 1985, over 6 months after Trump meeting King Fahd.

Trump’s connections to Saudi Arabia go back at least to the year that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was born. In 1985 Osama Bin Laden’s (supposedly westernized) half brother put a deposit on an apartment in Trump Tower and lived there for four months in 1986. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/trump-sold-floor-of-trump-world-tower-to-saudi-arabia-a-few-months-before-911-now-trump-wants-saudi-to-build-us-infrastructure/

Trump Tower was finished in early 1983, and some time in the 1980s he dined with Jamal Khashoggi’s uncle, an arms dealer who was involved in the Iran-Contra deal; who lived a few buildings away in Olympic Tower, and of whom Trump was apparently jealous. Trump eventually acquired (Uncle) Adnan Khashoggi’s yacht. See: “Trump Tower, a Home for Celebrities and Charlatanshttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/style/trump-tower-famous-residents.html

Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

From VOA News:
Trump: No Plans to Listen to Tape of Khashoggi Killing
November 18, 2018 12:15 PM, by Ken Bredemeier
U.S. President Donald Trump says he has been fully briefed on an audio recording of the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul last month, but has no intention of listening to it because of the violence it depicts.

“It’s a suffering tape. It’s a terrible tape,” Trump told Fox News Sunday in a White House interview that was taped Friday.

“It’s very violent, very vicious and terrible,” Trump said.

Trump said Saturday the U.S. government would release its findings on the October 2 killing of Khashoggi on Tuesday. The State Department says no final conclusions have been reached, although some U.S. news accounts have reported that the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh’s de facto leader, ordered the killing.

Related Link: http://youtu.be/zkc6DTg8zE4

Asked in the Fox interview if the crown prince lied to him about his involvement, Trump replied, “I don’t know. Who can really know? But I can say this, he’s got many people… that say he had no knowledge.”

Trump added, “He told me that he had nothing to do with it. He told me that, I would say, maybe five times at different points, as recently as a few days ago.”

Saudi Arabia has filed charges against 11 operatives accused of involvement in Khashoggi’s killing and said it will seek the death penalty against five of them.

Trump conceded that people close to the prince “were probably involved.” But he said, “I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”

Fox interviewer Chris Wallace asked Trump whether he would go along with moves in Congress to cut off U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen or halt arms sales to Riyadh, but Trump said it depends.

“I want to see Yemen end,” he said. “It takes two to tango and Iran has to end also. I want Saudi to stop but I want Iran to stop also.”

Trump was briefed Saturday on the U.S. investigation of the killing of Khashoggi by telephone by CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while the president was aboard Air Force One en route to California to inspect the devastation from wildfires in the western state.

The State Department said the U.S. government “is determined to hold all those responsible for the killing… accountable” but that “numerous unanswered questions” remain.

The assessment by the CIA, first reported Friday by The Washington Post, contradicts that of Saudi Arabia, whose top prosecutor one day earlier exonerated the crown prince in the killing of Khashoggi.

U.S. officials say the CIA concluded that 15 Saudi agents flew in a Saudi government aircraft to Istanbul and assassinated Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate.

 Khashoggi, who wrote opinion columns for the Post and was a critic of the Saudi crown prince, was killed at the Saudi consulate while he was trying to get documents for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.

The Post said the CIA based its conclusion on multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother, Khalid bin Salman, who is also the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi.

In the phone call, Khalid told Khashoggi that it would be safe for him to go the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents for his marriage. The paper said it was not known whether or not Khalid knew Khashoggi would be killed.

Khalid denied in a tweet on Friday that he had spoken with Khashoggi.

“The last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct. 26, 2017. I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the U.S. government to release any information regarding this claim,” he said.https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-no-plans-to-listen-to-tape-of-khashoggi-killing/4663743.html

Khashoggi also criticized Trump.

Russia, who has long maintained ties with Iran, has also sought closer ties to Saudi Arabiahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran–Saudi_Arabia_proxy_conflict

Saudi king urges action against Iran missile program, backs Yemen peace
 Posted: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 06:46:06 -0500
 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday called on the international community to put an end to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, and reiterated the kingdom’s support for U.N. efforts to end the war in Yemen“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/-Clp_92m6tU/saudi-king-urges-action-against-iran-missile-program-backs-yemen-peace-idUSKCN1NO1BX

Germany gives European entry ban to 18 Khashoggi killing suspects

Posted:Mon, 19 Nov 2018 06:15:22 -0500
Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate, effectively banning them from entering the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone.