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Oct 11, 2018

Weekly Primer: Trump’s Ties To Saudi Arabia Raise Conflict Concerns Around Missing Journo

President Donald Trump sure wants to convey concern about the disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week — but his family’s closeness with the Saudi royal family may pose an unavoidable conflict of interest in his handling of the crisis. The Saudis, Trump’s frequently said, are customers of his. “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them,” he said in 2015 on the campaign trail. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.” And Jared Kushner is known to be close with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. MBS reportedly bragged after meeting with Kushner last year that Kushner was “in his pocket,” and that, in The Intercept’s words, “Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince.” “Before Khashoggi’s disappearance,” the Washington Post reported Tuesday, “U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing…

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