Donald Trump’s Erroneous Claims
Editor: President Trump has condoned Saudi Arabia’s brutal killing of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi while refusing to impose any type of sanctions. His reasoning is he doesn’t want the U.S. to lose out on economic deals, while he personally hasn’t had any financial dealings with Saudi Arabia. These two statements have proven to be untrue, just like many of his thousands of other erroneous claims. Fact, at a 2015 rally, Trump said, “I get along great with Saudi Arabia and they buy apartments from me,” while in August, he stated, “they spend $40 (million) to 50 million on business with me.” Then in November, Trump stated, “I don’t make deals with Saudi Arabia. I don’t get any money from Saudi Arabia.” Actually his business dealings go back to the 1990s when he was teetering on personal bankruptcy and a Saudi billionaire prince bought his yacht for $20 million and four years later Saudis joined other investors in a $325 million deal for Trump’s money-losing Plaza Hotel. Another transaction was the 2001 sale of the entire 45th floor of Trump World Tower in New York for $12 million to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and since his presidency, Saudi Arabia has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at various Trump hotels. Perhaps when Trump’s pre-presidency tax returns are made public, we can connect the dots and get a clearer picture of why our president admires and defends dictators and human rights violators like Putin, Kim Jong-un and Mohammed bin Salman. Walter J. Klepaski Jr. JENKINS TWP.