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The public reaction of President Donald Trump toward the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the extent of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement is still evolving. But it very well reveals the character of the president.
Trump — just as he has with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and North Korean Kim Jong Un’s promise to denuclearize — unabashedly accepted the word of a brutal dictator as the truth. Now, Trump’s own premier intelligence agency, the CIA, has concluded that the Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi’s murder. Trump’s response? “Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t.” The truth does not seem to matter to Trump, especially when it is an inconvenient one.
Trump views Saudi Arabia as the linchpin of his Middle Eastern foreign policy and claims that the Saudis will buy billions in arms from us and will create thousands of U.S. jobs (both claims are highly hyperbolic). To Trump, Khashoggi is simply acceptable collateral damage. As Trump has demonstrated so many times, he will not let a little matter like right and wrong stand in the way of what he wants to do.
This is an inconvenient truth about the president that we all should accept. Swarthmore, Pa.