A Deal With Saudi Arabia? 🤔

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CIA says MBS was in on it

The CIA recently concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, President Trump dismissed the CIA’s analysis, provoking further concern that the president will be unwilling to hold Saudi Arabia accountable. 

So….what about that nuclear deal?

Negotiations over a US-Saudi nuclear deal have been strained by MBS’s recent human rights offenses, including Khashoggi’s killing. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) has led efforts to block the Trump administration from pursuing the deal.


LEANING LEFT:

NY Times: Saudis Want a U.S. Nuclear Deal. Can They Be Trusted Not to Build a Bomb?

CNN: Sen. Jack Reed: Trump Lying about CIA’s Khashoggi Report


The left 
finds Trump’s denial of the CIA’s report ridiculous. Democrats, and even several Republicans, have condemned President Trump’s decision to turn a blind eye to MBS’s crimes. They argue that Trump is unwilling to punish Saudi Arabia because of the US-Saudi economic relationship, and that Saudi Arabia cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons.

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox Business: Should Trump Be Criticized for Defending Saudi Arabia?

The Blaze: Trump Says He Will Not Punish Saudi Arabia for journalist Jamal Khashoggi Murder

The right defends President Trump’s efforts to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia. They argue that sanctioning specific individuals (aka, the Crown Prince) would be smarter than destroying a long-term economic relationship with an important economic (and oil producing) ally. These outlets also criticize the left as hypocritical for wanting to cut with Saudi Arabia, after denouncing President Trump’s isolationist philosophy.


Will the CIA report affect the nuclear deal?

Although Jamal Khashoggi was killed almost two months ago, the impact of this tragedy is ongoing. Trump’s rejection of the CIA’s findings has pushed key Republican lawmakers to reconsider America's relationship with Saudi Arabia. These Republican votes will be critical if Trump pursues a nuclear deal in a Democrat-led House of Rep.

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