President Donald Trump sent out a tweet praising Saudi Arabia for lower worldwide oil prices on Wednesday after receiving widespread criticism for his declaration that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would not be punished even if he ordered a hit team to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Oil prices getting lower. Great!” Trump wrote. “Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!”
The tweet came after the president on Tuesday said the U.S. would remain a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia and stressed the importance of financial considerations for American interests in making strategic alliances, telling reporters that “we're not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in orders and let Russia, China and everybody else have them. It’s all about, for me, very simple, America first," Politico reported.
Following the president’s statement, there was bipartisan action to oppose Trump, as the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee invoked a law that will force the president to say whether the crown prince is behind Khashoggi‘s murder.
Many critics have pointed out the CIA’s reported conclusion that there is a high probability that the crown prince had ordered the murder
Trump was already facing bipartisan pressure before his statement of support for the Saudi regime to further punish the kingdom over Khashoggi's killing after the White House recently sanctioned 17 Saudis accused of being responsible for the killing.
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