Donald Trump presidency has had multiple meanings for different groups; his family, his nation, and the Arab world. The President of the United States had no good relationship during his campaigns with Saudi Arabia, at least apparently, but if we take a deeper look at the former businessman’s relationship with the oil-rich country, new information will be achieved.
The controversial travel ban which was repealed for two times did not include Saudi Arabia. Among the names written in the law, Saudi Arabia would be the county with the most terrorist acts in the United States. As writes in Huffington Post, “Many highlighted the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens.” This is while Donald Trump was not the desirable option for the Saudis. In fact, one of the main foreign donors of Hillary Clinton campaigns were Saudis. In an interview, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, said, the email revealing this is the most significant among the Clinton-related emails his group has released.”
Nevertheless, the former candidate’s attitude towards the Saudis was not part of his viewpoint, but as a reaction to Democrat’s siding with the Saudis to raise more votes. Trump has had long years of economic transactions with Saudi rich businessmen. He owns multiple companies and holdings within Saudi Arabia. In an Article by Drew Harwell and Anu Narayanswamy, Washington Post, partly quoting from Trump, writes:
On Aug. 21, the same day Trump created four of the Jiddah companies, he told a rally crowd in Alabama: “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”
Some months later, Trump told Fox News, “I would want to protect Saudi Arabia” referring to the threat of Iran for Saudis. He also added that “Saudi Arabia is going to have to help us economically”, this time referring to the to the billions of dollars Saudis earned by selling oil.
This Policy of “Yes and No” went on till now that it was revealed that the missile attack against Syria was under the indirect influence of Saudis. The Saudis, using the relationship with Ivanka Trump and reassuring the expenses of the assault and probably more, encouraged the criminal attack against Sha'irat Airbase. This could have been expected as there is a mutual deal between the two countries guaranteeing the benefit of both called “petrodollar.” The deal helps the American dollar remain as the main and dominant currency of the world on one side and helps the Saudi companies and businessmen boost their works and sell their oil in the US and other parts of the world. Evidently, changing a president will not change the long-years-policy of the United States.
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