Donald Trump opened his mouth today, and as is usually the case when his mouth gets involved, he may have just made things far worse for himself and his son-in-law. Last weekend, Jared Kushner secretly traveled to Saudi Arabia for reasons that still aren’t clear. This weekend, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ousted most of his own royal family, in what amounted to a partial regime change. Now Trump is tweeting about the incident – and he may have just incriminated himself and Kushner in the process.
The Crown Prince had several other Saudi princes arrested, including Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the high profile billionaire investor. Prince Alwaleed is influential worldwide, and owns large stakes in Twitter and Apple among other American tech giants. Alwaleed is also famous for having bailed out Donald Trump financially twice over the years, only to more recently go on to become a harsh critic of Trump. This raises questions of whether Trump might have sent Kushner to Saudi Arabia last weekend to plot the arrests, as a way of getting Alwaleed out of the way.
There is no proof of this, of course. But here’s what Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon: “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing. Some of those they are harshly treating have been ‘milking’ their country for years!” in this tweet, Trump is taking a direct shot at Prince Alwaleed (albeit without naming him). He’s thus telegraphing that he views the Saudi Arabia turmoil as being entirely about Alwaleed.
Roughly two years ago, Prince Alwaleed tweeted the following at Donald Trump: “You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.” Later, Alwaleed tweeted “I bailed you out twice;a 3rd time,maybe?” If it can be proven that Trump did indeed send Jared Kushner to Saudi Arabia to help plot the arrest of Alwaleed, and if the move is related to a financial bailout and thus an attempt at getting out of a debt, then Trump committed a serious crime – and so did Kushner.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report