President Trump Meets With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman…

President Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) today at the White House. This is their first meeting since the “Great Realignment” began {Go Deep} and there is much to discuss:

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[Transcript] 12:07 P.M. EDT – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody. It’s a great honor to have the Crown Prince with us.

Saudi Arabia has been a very great friend and a big purchaser of equipment and lots of other things. And one of the biggest investments in the United States is their — I guess it’s your big investment — is buying stock in companies and various other things in the United States and creating jobs.

We’ve become very good friends over a fairly short period of time. I was in Saudi Arabia in May. And we are bringing back hundreds of billions of dollars into the United States. And we understand that, and they understand that.

Some of the things that — have been approved and are currently under construction and will be delivered to Saudi Arabia very soon, and that’s for their protection. But if you look, in terms of dollars, $3 billion, $533 million, $525 million — that’s peanuts for you. (Laughter.) You should have increased it. $880 million, $645 million, $6 billion — that’s for frigates; $889 million, $63 million — and that’s for various artillery.

Some of the things that we’re now working on and that have been ordered and will shortly be started in construction and delivered: the THAAD system — $13 billion; the C-130 airplanes, the Hercules, great plane — $3.8 billion; the Bradley Vehicles — that’s the tanks — $1.2 billion; and the P-8 Poseidons — $1.4 billion. And what it does is it really means many, many jobs. We’re talking about over 40,000 jobs in the United States.

So we make the best equipment in the world. There’s nobody even close. And Saudi Arabia is buying a lot of this equipment, and a lot of people are at work making the equipment, not only for us — because we, as you know, we’re getting a $700 billion military proposal. And that’s even a lot for you guys. But we’re getting a $700 billion military plan this year, and 716 will be next year — $716 billion.

So we really have a great friendship, a great relationship. I would really have to say the relationship was, to put it mildly, very, very strained during the Obama administration. And the relationship, now, is probably as good as it’s really ever been, and I think will probably only get better. Tremendous investments made in our country. And that means jobs for our workers, jobs for our people.

Also, defense. We’re talking about defense, and we’re working very hard with Saudi Arabia. And they’re also footing a big part of the bill for defense — the whole Middle East. And we know what’s happened in the Middle East. And it has not been a pretty picture for the United States or for anybody.

And a lot of things are changing, and they’re changing very rapidly. As you know, ISIS is now — we’ve recaptured almost 100 percent of the territory, as you probably have heard before anybody. But we’ve captured close to 100 percent of the territory held by ISIS. We’ve moved very rapidly, very quickly. And that’s, really, coming to an end in that part of the world — it’s coming to an end. And we’ll be able to get out of certain areas that we’ve wanted to get out of for a long period of time. And other countries can handle it. At this point, they’ll be able to handle it.

So it’s a great honor to have you and your representatives here. Crown Prince, thank you very much. Thank you for being here.

CROWN PRINCE BIN SALMAN: Thank you, Mr. President. Actually, the relations between Saudi Arabia and United States of America, it’s old relation. We are the oldest ally for the United States of America in the Middle East.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

CROWN PRINCE BIN SALMAN: More than 80 years of alliance and big interest — politically, economically, and security, in different area — a lot of area. And the foundation for relation, it’s really huge and really deep.

And a different issue — we know that today, the relation, it’s the cause of more than 4 million jobs in the United of States of America, directly and non-directly. Also, it’s a cause for a lot of jobs in Saudi Arabia directly and non-directly.

And, as you know, Mr. President, from day one you’ve reached this office, we’ve planned to tackle 200 billion U.S. dollars for opportunities in the next four years, but it end up with 400 billion U.S. dollar for opportunities.

We’ve talked to you, Mr. President, about the military deals, the implementation, and it is more than 50 percent. And, also, the implementation overall in the 400 billion U.S. dollar of opportunity, more than 55 percent.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

CROWN PRINCE BIN SALMAN: We planned this for next 10 years, but it happens in one year, we implement 55 percent, though. So this is signal that there is a lot of things could be tackled in the close future, and more opportunities. And that why we are here today, to be sure that we’ve tackled all the opportunities and achieve it, and also get rid of all the threats facing our both countries and the whole world.

So I am very glad to be here today.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well that’s right. And you know, one thing that you have been really focused on is the terrorism threat and the funding of terrorism. And whether it’s Saudi Arabia or other countries, as we know, there will be no funding. It is — we have a zero tolerance for the funding of terrorists, and we’re working very hard. And I will say that Saudi Arabia has been working very hard on that, as are certain other countries in the Middle East.

When I was there in May, I think it was one of the most incredible two-day meetings that I’ve ever seen — that anybody has ever seen. It was an amazing two-day period. We had 56 countries. We had — everybody was there at the head of every country. Virtually — I guess, in every case, it was the head of the country. And we talked about terrorism and the funding of terrorism. And it will not be allowed. It will not be allowed. That would be the one thing that would end the relationship with any country. So I think there’s a very big focus on that — the funding of terrorism — meaning, it’s over.

And the other thing that I really am very happy about is that we talked about 400 billion dollars’ worth of investment, of which we’ve already invested and seen invested $200 billion to our companies, to various other places, and people that make things. So a lot of places throughout the United States are benefitting by this massive investment made by Saudi Arabia to buy product from the United States.

And again, we make the best military product in the world, whether it’s missiles or planes or anything else. There’s nobody that even comes close. So I just want to thank you and I want to congratulate you on everything. Thank you very much.

CROWN PRINCE BIN SALMAN: Thank you, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody.

Q Can you comment on the bombings in Austin, Mr. President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The bombings in Austin are terrible. The local, state, and federal are working hand-in-hand to get to the bottom of it. This is obviously a very, very sick individual, or maybe individuals. These are sick people, and we will get to the bottom of it. We will be very strong. We have all sorts of federal agencies over there right now. We’re searching.

What’s going on in Austin — a great place, tremendous place — is absolutely disgraceful. So we have a lot of power over there. We’re looking; it’s not easy to find. But these are sick people and we have to find them as soon as possible. We have to find them, really, immediately.

I will say, working with Texas, working with the local governments has been great. But we have to produce, we have to find this very sick person or people.

Thank you all very much.

Q How was your call with President Putin?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on the victory — his electoral victory.

The call had to do, also, with the fact that we will probably get together in the not-too-distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race. As you know, he made a statement that being in an arms race is not a great thing. That was right after the election — one of the first statements he made.

And we are spending $700 billion this year on our military, and a lot of it is that we are going to remain stronger than any other nation in the world by far.

We had a very good call, and I suspect that we’ll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control, but we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have. And also to discuss Ukraine and Syria and North Korea and various other things.

So I think, probably, we’ll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future.

Q How are you going to counter Iran? This is a Saudi —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re going to see what happens. The Iran deal is coming up. It’s probably another month or so, and you’re going to see what I do. But Iran has not been treating that part of the world, or the world itself, appropriately. A lot of bad things are happening in Iran. The deal is coming up in one month, and you will see what happens. Okay?

Q Your Royal Highness, should the President pull out of the Iran deal?

CROWN PRINCE BIN SALMAN: Well, we’ll talk about that today.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: (Laughs.) Okay? Thank you very much, everybody.

END – 12:18 P.M. EDT (LINK)

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161 Responses to President Trump Meets With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman…

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    I have to trust our President on this one, because there is a lot of info he has that I am not privy to.

    Liked by 13 people

    • 335blues says:

      I hear you deplorable. This is just so much the little people like myself don’t know.
      At some point, we have to trust somebody, and right now, I trust Trump.
      I will sy, the Prince was very well spoken, and he seemed sincere in his desire
      to be FRIENDS with America.
      Though I wish the question of Wahhabism and its relation to terrorism had come up.

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      • GB Bari says:

        It’s a good topic to raise, but I am “old school” enough to believe that was probably not an appropriate question with which to confront the Prince in front of the world’s cameras and microphones. I trust POTUS will (or possibly already has) discuss that in a less public venue with appropriate staff around for both parties.

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        • w5ovf says:

          The Wahibi Prince wants only his part of this Earth (SA) for his people\country, just like P45 wants only his part of this Earth (USA) for his people\country, All must agree to completely destroy all and any evidence of Marxist Globalist Social Warrier BS! Do you start to comprehend the enemy of all Humans? Vile, worse than vast Earth Roaches!

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      • David A says:

        In the recent past the Prince spoke of how Islamist (yes, I know there is fundamental propensity to brutal violence within Islamic doctrine) had come into influence and power in SA at the same time Iran became a theocracy. The roll back of some of the laws against women has began. A great deal of work remains to be done, and may never happen until the Arabic world rejects or drastically changes Islam. (Many in the ME must be sick of the non stop violence and destruction) In the mean time negative political realties (instigated by Obama) have to be responded to.

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        • Steve Herman says:

          David A: Insightful comment

          MbS, if he can avoid assassination, could turn SA into the 900lb gorilla of ME. MbS could be as powerful as the former Shah of Iran, could turn SA into a majority secular society as the Shah did in Iran and could be a major pro-Western ally as the Shah was. The reason I mention and compare MbS to the Shah is because the ME was a stable region when the Shah ruled Iran. Sure there were tribal skirmishes btw Sunni and Shites, but nothing significant that affected the production, flow or sale of oil.

          For a young man, MbS has learned well about how to consolidate his power over his cousins and uncles. To the best of my knowledge, Prince Talal paid up to the Saud kingdom to stop his inversion therapy at the Riyadh Carlton.

          Until these recent events by MbS, I personally longed to see the day that the House of Saud would be so poor that the Sauds would return to herding their goats from oasis to oasis to feed their family.

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      • Shulamite says:

        I think the President hinted on that;
        PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well that’s right. And you know, one thing that you have been really focused on is the terrorism threat and the funding of terrorism. And whether it’s Saudi Arabia or other countries, as we know, there will be no funding.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        335blues, the Wahabism was discussed when Trump was in SA and he/we were told that there were going to control it. I would hope they would do so or have done so.

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    • Emeraldstar says:

      I trust our President on this, and everything else. To me, there’s no other logical – or sane – alternative. And I don’t bemoan my decision, at all, at all.

      “Where we go one, we go all.”

      Liked by 8 people

    • Peter Rabbit says:

      Changes in SA are rapid. Thousands of Saudis and Kuwaitis are educated in US universities, with about 20% female. All engineering, MBA, and some physics. Majority at Catholic schools as this is where parents feel they are safest and get best education. That creates temendous pressure for modernity when gradustes return to home countries, especially from the women and their parents as they are limited to education and hospitals primarily.

      Arab countries pay full prices for their students, so this is huge for Catholic schools. In addition, this gives Catholic U. President’s considerable influence in the ME, an interesting development.

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      • kroesus says:

        I went to CSU Chico State 2011-13 and there was a small community of SAs even there of approximately 50 out of 15-17k students as the college recovered from state cuts in 2009-10……..most were in the College of Engineering with me and several were in my study group…..they get in essence a scholarship from the government with all expenses paid and a $2k stipend during the school year for living expenses…..if they maintained at least a 3.0 GPA they got a bonus check equal to a normal monthly check…….they also got one free rt per year on the Saudi airline to go home….the Kuwaiti was an Air Force serviceman with an even more lucrative deal (do not know if it was related to his military association)

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    • sundance says:

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Thank you Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir for giving President Trump the high kudos he deserves.

        Liked by 5 people

      • Thank you, Sundance for taking me to greater heights. Physically as in higher branches, and mentally as in understanding the workings of our great President Donald J. Trump and his plan to make #MAGA and #KAG. Nice to see Joe D. being brought into the fold. One of the best orators for getting the truth out there.

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      • Kenji says:

        Alwaleed backed the WRONG dang horse. Loudly, and rudely. However; now the massive $Billion dollar Clinton donor says …

        Any person who does not support what Mohammed bin Salman is doing right now, I say, is a traitor

        Annnnnd the WIN goes to Trump! Booyah!

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    • Hoosier says:

      MBS has a sh!t eating grin on his face when he is with Don. Trump has elevated him. Trump allows them to buy the arms to defeat Iran. Our people will not be getting killed.

      Art of the Deal.

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  2. billrla says:

    Just a few questions:

    1. Where’s the glowing orb?
    2. What really happened in Las Vegas

    Liked by 5 people

  3. fleporeblog says:

    The trip that will be looked back on that set the stage for everything we have and will see in the ME and Northern Africa for years to come!

    Liked by 20 people

  4. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “So I think, probably, we’ll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future.”

    This I am looking forward to. Both PDJT and Mr. Putin are facing an onslaught from Islam and the globalists. The whole MSM anti-Russian narrative is to prevent these two men from joining forces to defeat both. I know Mr. Putin is no angel, so I don’t want to hear any more from the neocons that want to portray Russia as the devil incarnate so that they can push their weapons systems on the Pentagon. How many times have we heard about buying military equipment the Generals do not want and say we do not need, because the factory was located in some lawmaker’s district?

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    • Not to mention that the US does EXACTLY what Russia does every day of the week all over the world! Despicable and beyond hypocritical!

      Liked by 5 people

      • GB Bari says:

        No, I would not say “exactly”. Words mean things. Both countries have their interests and agendas. Strategies to carry out those agendas may, at times, be similar and, at other times, will differ, sometimes as much as by 180 degrees…

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        • Oh, gee, so the mechanism used makes a difference? Either way, it is wrong!!!! Why do USAID and our State Department give money to Soros groups to cause havoc in Hungary? How about Macedonia, where the US Ambassador KNEW a terrorist attack was coming and did NOTHING because it served his/US purposes???? How about O.B.A.M.A.’s minions interfering in the Israeli elections? In France’s election? In the Brexit vote? Semantics! Right is right and wrong is wrong – period! I don’t give a good rat’s azz whether the “intentions” are pure as the driven snow – “spreading democracy” – sick of it! Ok, rant over. Phew…..this just ticks me off no end!!!

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    • Gary says:

      huh. putin’s grandfather was the personal chef of stalin and lenin. he is a bad guy. very bad guy.

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      • Emeraldstar says:

        What – he couldn’t cook?

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      • Madison Grant says:

        Dubya’s grandfather was a Nazi banker. So trust the Neocons, right?

        Liked by 6 people

      • imprimipotest says:

        Do you mean Putin’s grandfather was a ‘very bad guy’, or do you mean Putin?

        So, we have now a universal axiom ‘like grandfather, like grandson?’

        Liked by 5 people

      • Tegan says:

        And John F,. Kennedy’s father…George HW Bush’s father…Obama’s father…..what’s your point?

        Liked by 1 person

      • mcclainra says:

        Putin was secretly baptized and is a professing/confessing Christian, which media would not like known. All by his mother, I think. He may be corrupt, but he does love his country, which is more than you can say for 44 and 42. I trust him more than 99% of the Uniparty and Deep State, easily, and don’t think he’s any more corrupt than they are.

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        • Orygun says:

          We have a level of corruption around the world that is astounding. It has been referred to as a global criminal organization that is embedded in a lot of governments. We are looking for like minded people in different governments to form a coalition to fight this corruption. The meeting in SA is a good example of that happening in the ME.

          Notice that President Trump is getting very little cooperation from the EU, Canada and other “Western” countries as that seems to be the headquarters for the corruption. It is ironic that the ME was the first ones to offer to help clean this mess up.

          Russia has its own problems and it is hard to say who the players are yet. We are not the only one with a runaway IC.

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          • David A says:

            I think Trump will accurately weigh what Putin’s goals and agenda are for Russia, and if possible offer him a better way of achieving them then supporting the Iranian Islamist government.
            Putin may be willing to do a lot to have the sanctions removed and improved relations with Europe.

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  5. President Trump just announced his focus on the “ARMS RACE” … twice.

    “… we will never allow anyone to have anything CLOSE to what we have”

    Message to World:
    • The era of “MUTUALLY assured destruction” are OVER.
    • It’s now “ASSURED DESTRUCTION” for existential threats to America.

    Message to Putin:
    • Remember how Reagan’s Defense Buildup ECONOMICALLY buried the USSR?
    • How’s your Energy-based-Economy holding up with America’s Fracking Tsunami?
    • How’s your Defense-export-Economy holding up as we end your Export Clientele?
    • How’s your Trade-Sanctioned-Economy holding up as we stifle your Oligarchs?

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Can you explain your LEVERAGE …
        And use all the bullet points you can muster.
        Cause The Wasp comes with real and verified info.
        Your turn…

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        • Troll Team ZERO:
          If you can’t read spelling, you’re beyond help.

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          • Mickey Wasp says:

            I can spell LEVERAGE – you just can’t explain it…
            Do you need some help ..?

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          • lokiscout says:

            BKR, we appear to have a couple of the high school debate team on tonight. Thought I left them over on The Blaze and Breitbart when I moved to The Tree House but it seems they have found Their way. Rather annoying but only if you read their posts and respond. Best to ignore! Not here to discuss only to Piss you off!

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            • “Troll Team ZERO” is our Treeper label to avoid wasting time. ☺️

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            • Mickey Wasp says:

              One should re-read and account for the timeline. I invited BKR to an intelligent discussion. ‘Enlighten’ me (so to say) about their (BKR) position that Russia is an enemy and why they (BKR) are using the MSM / NeoCon narrative…

              And got called Hitler … and then a second attempt for an intelligent discussion and even expressed that we are on the same team (MAGA) and then got called a troll…

              And now ‘lokiscout’ says I’m just here to piss off BKR..”not here to discuss” ?
              Ok, whatever.

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            • Mickey Wasp says:

              “Rather annoying but only if you read their posts and respond. Best to ignore!”
              You say ‘best to ignore’ and then you response to a lower post – after you say best to ignore… Geez… now, who is the high school debate team..?

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        • It seems to me that he has already explained what the president’s leverage is…..I had no problem understanding the BlackKnight’s posting and very easily applied his statement to the question of “leverage”

          I think you are just antagonistic…..perhaps your “cycle” is beginning.

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          • Mickey Wasp says:

            Feel free to answer any one of BKR’s rhetorical questions.
            Because, apparently he/she can’t explain the LEVERAGE …
            Their “Message to Putin” with questions, but no answers.

            If you wish to go back to the 80’s era of Reagan – okay and run the discussion into the modern – President Trump’s Admin. Oh, I did notice you couldn’t answer any of the questions either. Plus, anyone that has to proclaim being a ‘darnhardworker’ probably isn’t, except it their mind … just sayin’

            Go….

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            • David A says:

              I think Trump will accurately weigh what Putin’s goals and agenda are for Russia, and if possible offer him a better way of achieving them then supporting the Iranian Islamist government.
              Putin may be willing to do a lot to have the sanctions removed and improved relations with Europe. Especially when the alternative is presented – aka – leverage.

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      Russia is not Americas enemy …
      But, thanks for diatribing the MSM and NeoCon narrative.

      Liked by 5 people

      • ok4ayl says:

        A spendthrift CONGRESS is our enemy…….

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      • In my book, Russia’s 500-man attack on Americans securing the Syrian refinery – despite our warnings to stop – was an ENEMY ATTACK.

        In your book, Hitler would have been an ally.

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        • Mickey Wasp says:

          Oh great – the ultra-liberal neo-con Hitler name calling.
          You do know, that our military was in contact with Russia – before and during that attack when our American forces destroyed them..? Uhmm… and ‘your’ demised caricature is to call me names..? Laughable.
          Maybe, they were ‘mercenaries’ being paid and were lead to believe ‘they could win’ … and the Russian Federation wanted them gone as much as the United States military…
          Think… dumb-ass – as long as we’re calling names.

          Now, do you want to have a legitimate discussion..?

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            • Mickey Wasp says:

              So you got nothin’ ..
              BKR – just do some simple research. I know you mean well. We are on the same team – we just don’t need to ignite and continue the Russia is the enemy. If you have verifiable proof that Russia – todays Russia – is Americas enemy then present it.
              MAGA !!

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              • Gary says:

                Agree Mickey. Russia is our friend. The Rothschilds and the zionists have been running Europe and the central bank for centuries. Enough of this globalism.

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          • Conservativeinny says:

            The only one flinging names around is you. I even went back and checked in case I had missed something.

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            • Mickey Wasp says:

              I stated “Russia is not Americas enemy” – first.
              And stated their bullet (talking) points sound like a MSM/NeoCon narrative.
              And got called Hitler… So, game on.

              And then I asked for a “legitimate discussion.” – second try.
              And got called “Troll Team ZERO”

              Seems BKR cannot back up their claims. And thinks their bullet (talking) points are beyond question and apparently can’t handle being invited into a mature conversation.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          I believe the people that are living there in Syria, not the MSM/CIA narrative we are indoctrinated with.
          Look up the treaty we have with Syria from 1952 or 1953.
          I have a document of plans to frame Assad for a false chemical weapons attack that I downloaded in August 2015. It is no longer here:

          http://kcandassociates.org

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        • Emeraldstar says:

          You’re a great, and valued-by-me, poster.

          Perhaps your book is too brief.

          MSM has been DRIVING the anti-Russia narrative. I hope you exit that car.

          Food for thought!

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          • This attack was a stupid test from Putin.

            Putin IS Russia until something changes.

            That doesn’t forego the possibility of doing something constructive with Russia.

            If anyone could pull that off, it’s President Trump, which is why he’s open to dialogue.

            The MSM anti-Russia narrative is FIRST designed to ensnare President Trump in handcuffing controversy and impeachment allegations, and SECOND to prevent President Trump from doing anything constructive with Russia … even if it precipitates war. Both wings of the UniParty are complicit on both fronts.

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            • Emeraldstar says:

              Not quite.

              In THIS war, Russia is our natural ally.

              Nationalist. Christian. Stable (see election results – Russians know Putin is FOR them).

              So, the point of the “muh-Russia” was twofold – provide a scapegoat boogey-man, and prevent/delay the natural alliance between us (US, Russia) against the scourge ofglobalism.

              Skirmishes happen – the Deep-State has provided more than enough cause for action by Russia.

              Russia wants Soros eliminated from power. So do we. There’s commonality there!

              Putin ain’t “stupid”.

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            • Mickey Wasp says:

              C’mon … Remember… President Trump said to his military officers ‘take care of it’ and the American military called the Russian military as required. Before, During and After the attack – what was the Russia action … did they call these ‘mercenaries’ back or warn them – NOPE … Were the ‘mercenaries’ predominantly Chechens muslims …

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              • Troll Team ZERO: Your eyes are crossing.

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              • Deplorable Ukie says:

                Mickey Wasp says:
                President Trump said to his military officers ‘take care of it’ and the American military called the Russian military as required.

                And what did the Russians answer?
                “Их там нет”.
                ______________________________

                “Moscow denies that the victims included Russian citizens, but relatives and friends have confirmed the death of at least five Russian-passport holders.

                According to The New York Times, a Russian businessman named Alexander Ionov, who works in Syria offering defense services, says more than 200 Russians may have been killed on February 7. Cossack Hetman Oleg Surnin, who knew Igor Kosoturov and Stanislav Matveyev, cited similar figures, telling the website Znak.com that the death toll from the U.S. airstrikes has reached 217 people.”

                https://meduza.io/en/feature/2018/02/13/a-u-s-airstrike-on-assad-s-supporters-in-syria-killed-an-unknown-number-of-russian-volunteers-who-were-they
                _______________________________

                “According to the newsletter The Bell, the Syrian government signed a deal with several Russian companies to help “liberate, protect, and develop” Syrian oil fields currently occupied by hostiles.

                On February 23, The Washington Post reported that a U.S. intelligence agency intercepted Russian communications showing that Prigozhin had been in contact with top Syrian and Kremlin officials ahead of the Wagner group’s assault on the oilfield in Deir ez-Zor. If Prigozhin discussed the attack with Anton Vaino, Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff, it would seem to indicate that Moscow was willing to risk a direct confrontation with the United States military in Syria.”

                https://meduza.io/en/news/2018/02/27/syria-reportedly-signed-a-contract-with-evgeny-prigozhin-weeks-before-his-mercenaries-attacked-a-u-s-held-oilfield
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                Mickey Wasp says:
                Were the ‘mercenaries’ predominantly Chechens muslims …

                Which means they were Russian citizens. Ask Dr. Yandex where some of them fought before Syria.

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                • Mickey Wasp says:

                  Lets see what General Mattis, Director of the DOD has to say.

                  Mattis: Unclear if Russia directed attack against U.S. allies in Syria ~

                  WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has yet to see a direct link between Russia and an attack against U.S. backed forces in Syria. […]
                  As the forces approached the SDF base, the American officials reached out to their Russian counterparts via a deconfliction line to make sure there were no Russian military in the convoy. The Russians reported back that there were none, something Mattis underlined as a confusing data point in this whole situation, citing the “apparent unawareness of the Russian officers we coordinate with on the deconfliction communication line” that Russian military contractors were involved in the group.

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          Russia is making its claim to the pipeline.

          Considering the lives it has cost and will cost, I think we should allow Russia to have that pipeline. And battle over more concrete threats and transgressions.

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      • Lemmy says:

        Russia not an enemy when a Republican running for President against Obama says it is. Russia is an irrelevant puppy dog. But when Hillary loses and election and the deep state tries to undo that election with a phony collusion charge, Russian becomes the greatest threat to mankind.

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    • Comrade Mope says:

      Don’t forget The Chamber of Commerce. “You want to buy Congress? Say hello to my little friend.”

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  6. Doug says:

    I like this crown prince and I trust the president… so as someone else said. he has more information than any of us could hope to be privy to. Ill sit back and let him make the decisions he thinks best. certainly on the surface there are some societal improvements happening in Saudi Arabia that are certainly encouraging from women being allowed to drive, to allowing outside visitors to foreign trade zones. Seems Hopeful!

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  7. The Boss says:

    Watch the expression on Prince bin Salman’s face change when President Trump begins addressing the Iran situation at 9:25. You think he knows something we don’t?

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    • fleporeblog says:

      You beat me to it! I was actually laughing at work as I was watching MbS with that smile (10+ seconds) that said I know exactly what will happen with the Iran Deal.

      Saudi Arabia is going to be a MAJOR player in taking down the Mullahs in Iran. For those that follow Thomas Wictor on Twitter, he has detailed over and over just how much Saudi Arabia and the other GCC countries have done in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

      MbS absolutely understands that Iran is the one piece that has to be dealt with in order for the ME to have every chance for peace for decades to come.

      He was on 60 Minutes recently. He didn’t hold back when it came to Iran’s leadership.

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    • Linda says:

      I think he is already in the loop and prepared to help Trump with Iran. Iran is his enemy, too.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Prince Salman and his father hate Iran with a passion.

        I think this is one of the main reasons why our President was welcomed so warmly last year when he went there.
        Also why they rejoiced that he was the new US President.

        They know that Pres Trump doesn’t like Iran…unlike Ozero who was friendly with Iran.
        I am sure that the Salmans knew all about the Iranian ValJar and how she controlled Ozero.

        This is largely why Prince Salman is loading up on military hardware…because of Iran.

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      • GrantsLounge says:

        The game is already afoot. The Mullahs are EVERYBODY’s enemy.
        Most particularly an ever increasing portion of the Iranian people.
        Per Mr. Wictor: It will be different this time.

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    • bonkti says:

      It seemed like the crown prince knew the punchline to a joke that is about to unfold. I share a similar anticipation for the IG’s report. The Mullahs and Mueller’s comeuppance has a winning symmetry.

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  8. fleporeblog says:

    MbS has been very busy in the U.S.!

    Not sure how many knew about the meeting that took place at the WH on Tuesday. The White House on Tuesday hosted 19 nations, including Israel and Arab Gulf states, to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Here is a recent Wictor thread about Syria and the GCC:

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Not sure how many knew about the meeting that took place at the WH on Tuesday.”

      Those that are not caught up with the “Stormy Daniels” story will probably know. I barely know anything about the SD situation and frankly do not care. Furthermore, Robert Tracinski over at the Federalist should blow his anti-PDJT smoke up ************ with his latest article claiming we “are inducing precisely the apocalypse of moral values” by electing DJT.

      I guess Mr. Tracinski would have preferred HRC back in the WH hanging condoms and dildos on the official Christmas tree again. When he was asked whom he would vote for in any particular election, the William,Buckley, Jr. replied “the most conservative candidate THAT CAN WIN THE ELECTION.”

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      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        The Atlantic cover story on evangelicals compromising all principles this month. NYT commentary on “African American exodus from evangelical churches” (with NO supporting data except three anecdotes) last month.

        Muh Russia has failed. The next strategy is to call Trump un-Christian and split off the moral majority.

        That’s all.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “cover story on evangelicals compromising all principles”

          Oh the irony of it all.

          Look at the “principals” of these people telling/judging us (evangelicals) that we are compromising our principles.

          Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
          2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
          3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
          4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
          5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

          Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

          Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        The hell with that POS! PDJT was a gift from God.

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  9. The Raven says:

    This visit, I think, was a confirmation that things are ready at the Saudi end, for what is coming.

    I have a feeling that we won’t have long to wait for the fireworks to start.

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  10. Kenji says:

    I cannot WAIT for Pres. Trump to toss the Iran “Deal” in the rubbish bin. I look forward to the puckered anus reactions of Valerie Jarrett and John Fitzgerald Kerry. I’ll bet Kerry gets so upset seeing his “signature accomplishment” go down the crapper (where it belongs) … that he sails his wife’s yacht to the Bahamas (to check on his offshore accounts). Go Pres. Trump!!! Allahu-snack bar that crap sandwich.

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  11. Kenji says:

    I am fascinated by the fact that MY President’s very first trip abroad was to Saudi Arabia where he began his UNapologetic Tour. Shortly thereafter, all the Saudi benefactors of HER Foundation were locked-away in a 5-Star hotel and tortured, stripped of their Royal wealth, and waterboarded (I hope). The entire Obama Middle Eastern suck-up to Iran has been ENDED … and a more moderate, modern Islam appears to be emerging.

    Every scholar who has ever opined about what is NEEDED to FIX Islam … is a Reformation. Like the Protestant Reformation. This is the Holy Grail (sorry) for transforming Islam. Reformation. And it appears as though this “reprobate”, “ignorant”, “inexperienced”, ewwww “businessman” (sic) President is actually facilitating the Reformation of Islam. Unbelievable!! Unbelievably WELCOME!! That’s what I see happening … what say you?

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    • kroesus says:

      no matter how you “reform” a “religion” of hate it is still incompatible with the modern world…….part of the confusion comes from the mixing of the different eras in Mohammed’s life with the earlier peaceful years scattered among the pure conquest and death later years and the intentional misrepresentation of Islam’s motives by the Imans and Mullahs

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      • David A says:

        Over time there have been several reform movements within Islam. The common attempt was to entirely reject the hadith and place a symbolic interpretation on the violent passages in the Koran. (such as interpreting jihad to be a symbol of the inner souls battle with evil) This is very broad yet when I read how they did this years ago there was actually a surprising logic to it.
        However the Islamists have persecuted ALL such groups, often brutally killing them. Reform with Islam may be possible, but it is a very long road.

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      • Kenji says:

        So then … your solution is to kill 1 Billion Muslims on the planet? I’d love to see your Battle plan.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          The Lord Jesus Christ will take care of that before he returns to set up his Millennial Kingdom on the earth. In the meantime, Governments are suppose to eradicate “the evil”
          We have government, it is an institution ordained by God to control the evil. Please note it is a specific evil, not evil in general.

          Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
          2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
          3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
          4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

          One of the main reasons God confounded the languages and scattered the people was to restrain the evil.

          Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
          12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

          I can’t list all the verses here; this is not bible study time.
          Please see: ISIS In The Bible 11/15/15 by Alex Kurz

          http://shorewoodbiblechurch.org/sundaymorning.html

          Montana Conference – Israel, ISIL, & USA AUG 28,29 2015

          http://shorewoodbiblechurch.org/specialstudy.html

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        • David A says:

          Kenji, what comment are you referring to?

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “part of the confusion comes from the mixing of the different eras in Mohammed’s life ”

        The person that I admire the most for explaining clearly and concisely with mounds of research is historian William Federer over on the TCT network. The Islam videos are not in the current on-demand rotation right now.

        http://www.tct.tv/watch-tct/on-demand-fih

        They have his books and videos. He also has videos on YouTube for free, if he has not been purged yet.

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  12. Vince says:

    Among his many titles, the crown prince is the “keeper of the one holy Orb.”

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  13. jeans2nd says:

    “the funding of terrorism. And it will not be allowed. It will not be allowed.
    —>>>That would be the one thing that would end the relationship with any country.”

    Qatar, take note.

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  14. Sayit2016 says:

    Your misplaced concern is noted. Again.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. wheatietoo says:

    Um, no…Prince Salman is the one who rounded up all the rogue members of the Saudi Royal family who have been funding terrorism and put them in jail.

    He froze their assets too, so that they cannot keep funding terrorists.

    Blaming everyone in Saudi Arabia for what a few have done…is like blaming all of us here in the US, for what some of our previous leaders have done.

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  16. Scout says:

    The Wahabbist imams control the Saudi street.
    They are the premium exporters of Western hating Islam around the world.
    Their “schools” in many countries produce terrorists.
    This Prince fellow knows that.
    Go ahead, believe good ‘ol Salman.

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  17. lcpusa says:

    The mullahs of Iran are on the way out.
    That’s how you handle the Iran deal.
    Watch and see.

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  18. truthbomb says:

    Prince Bandar, the Bush family’s puppeteer, was rounded up in Bin Salman’s corruption net last November. Would love to hear the intel they beat out of the guy who gloated about taking kickbacks from BAE including a private jet airliner.

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    • annieoakley says:

      He gave $30,000 dollars to the public schools in Basalt CO and the whole western slope rolled over. I was there so don’t ask for my source.

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  19. covfefe999 says:

    When Hillary took money from the Saudis it went into her own fat pants pockets. When Trump takes money from the Saudis it goes into the pockets of business owners, stockholders, and workers.

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  20. famouswolf says:

    This is one of the very few things (working with a country that pretty much represents the very heart of Islam) that DJT says and does that I have a hard time getting on board with. I remember being accused of being a troll here back when he visited Saudi Arabia and I criticized that particular action.
    As far as I can see they are one of our major enemies, no matter what they say now, and there is going to come a point when they will bite (like ‘the snake’). However, I do trust DJT and will have to assume that he knows things I don’t, as others here have already said.
    Islam is not a thing to trust or to rely on even at arm’s distance. It is a deadly ideology masking itself as a religion, and as an Abrahamic religion at that (it’s not). Maybe we are seeing cracks in it’s façade, maybe not, but if a way can be found to end Islam’s penchant for blood, rapine, and conquest then DJT is probably our best bet, so I will put my criticism to rest and let him…be Trump. I wish him luck, he will need it dealing with these guys along with 100% of his guile, cunning, and mastery of deal making.
    For all our sakes I hope he’s as good as I believe he is.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      This Prince is opposing Wahhabism…calling it “extremism”.

      This is unprecedented.
      Wahhabism is responsible for most of the radical islamism that uses terrorism against non-muslims.

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  21. MaineCoon says:

    VSGDJT and MbS wrapped up all the details on Iran, I’m sure, and SA will probably take the lead in ways we never here about; whereas VSGDJT might withdraw from that “deal” too.

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  22. I really liked when MSB said that they had a ten year plan but its goals were reached within the first year.
    The president is known for “under budget, ahead of schedule”

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    • covfefe999 says:

      I heard a very interesting interview on the radio on Sunday, it might have been 60 Minutes. His cousin, female, has been put in charge of some aspect of the revamping. She said the prince has goals set for everyone and they have to report periodically on their progress. He’s running it like a business. I’m sure he and Trump get along very well in that respect.

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    • lokiscout says:

      “under budget, ahead of schedule” is fine when Mr. Trump is doing (letting) the contract. When he is on the receiving end I am pretty sure the word is like what he advised France to do when Iran wanted to buy aircraft from them. “Take the money!”
      In this case if they concluded a 10 year plan in 1 year it just means he has 7 more years to “take more of their money”! He would still be ahead of schedule and the US would be that much wealthier! About time some of that oil money found its way back home!

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  23. Lemmy says:

    It looks like Justin Trudeau got mixed up when he dressed himself. He thought he was going to the Middle East – not Washington D.C.

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  24. Leapin says:

    The Demosocialist Party is America’s gravest threat.

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  25. truthbomb says:

    Prince Alwaleed, Obama’s mentor, who called Trump a “disgrace to America” is feeling a little butthurt these days after also being caught up in Bin Salman’s corruption net:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-20/alwaleed-reveals-secret-deal-struck-to-exit-ritz-after-83-days

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  26. What really gets me is that the press never asks questions related to why they are there!! They ask questions about Austin? Putin? What about Saudi Arabia? What about asking the Prince some questions…a golden opportunity that they squander. I’m a normal citizen I would like to hear pertinent questions so I could learn more about our relationship, It is so disappointing.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “What really gets me is that the press never asks questions related to why they are there!”

      The big shot MSM people do that. For a little while the press briefings allowed some reporters in the next room from networks like One America News and smaller stations to ask questions – and they received some good ones. I do not know why they went back to the old (broken-IMO) way.

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  27. Linus in W.PA. says:

    Whoever decided on having the poster-boards there has genius, intellect, wit, and humor in spades!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      Another thing that caught my eye also was the flags.
      Normally, with a ‘Head of State’ visit, both countries flags are displayed. Look behind PDJT and MsB… Our military flags are on display …
      Maybe nothing … but interesting.

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  28. tonyE says:

    MbS and Trump meet….

    The press asks about Austin and Putin.

    Incredible.

    If I were MbS, I’d be thinking: ” stupid dogs, come to my Kingdom and we’ll whip the raw skin off our buttocks until you ask for forgiveness”…

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    • tonyE says:

      Your, not ours…. no editing… anyways, I think the meaning comes through. 😉

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “The press asks about Austin and Putin.”

      Get that sideshow OUT of OUR White House, put it next door and only send Sarah Sanders out there when PDJT has something to say.

      These spoiled little brats have to be put in their place and not allowed to control the narrative. Let them do that on their own time on their own network.

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  29. litlbit2 says:

    When stupid folks are put in their place.

    Your Royal Highness, should the President pull out of the Iran deal?

    CROWN PRINCE BIN SALMAN: Well, we’ll talk about that today.

    Bam 💥 leaders.

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  30. filia.aurea says:

    I have to trust POTUS in this deal. But the Shiite v Suni war in the Middle East has been ongoing for centuries. Putin destroyed 75% of ISIS, thank God. Members of the USA Federal government and its “allies” are GUILTY of crimes against humanity and the destruction of sovereign nations and millions of their inhabitants.

    There is nothing to celebrate about or delight in this b.s. except the hope that President Trump will keep his promise to END regime change policies in the Middle East. Selling weapons of war apparently keeps the enemies within off his back. This entire discussion is sickening.

    Russia is NOT our enemy. While we allow a terrorist organization to thrive domestically (CAIR), we have the unmitigated hubris to blather about islamic sects abroad. How many Saudi funded mosques are in the USA? http://islamthreat.com/distribution_of_mosques_in_usa_2015.html How many mullahs are walking U.S. streets? There’s only one choice, good vs. evil. Talk about ironic, we even UNCONSTITUTIONALLY NATURALIZE non-English speaking islamists. Disgusted with it all.

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