7/28/2022

9/11/SAUDI ARABIA/SPORTS: “Former President Donald Trump on Thursday defended hosting a Saudi-funded tournament at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., by casting doubt on any connection between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When asked to respond to harsh criticism from families of Sept. 11 victims who are urging Americans to protest the Saudi-backed […]

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2/28/2022

ENERGY/SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY: “If my energy policy had remained in place, where we were energy independent, and would have soon been bigger in production than Saudi Arabia and Russia combined, the world would have had no problems whatsoever. This war should never have started in the first place. If the [2020] Election wasn’t Rigged, America would […]

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10/2/2020

JOE BIDEN/SAUDI ARABIA: “Two years ago, Saudi operatives, reportedly acting at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, murdered and dismembered Saudi dissident, journalist, and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi… Jamal Khashoggi and his loved ones deserve accountability. Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will reassess our relationship with the Kingdom, end U.S. support for […]

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9/11/2020

SAUDI ARABIA: “I also spoke with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and we talked about this [peace agreement], and he is — he’s a great gentleman. And what they’ve done in terms of fighting terror is a much different ballgame than it was before we attained this office. The fact is that Saudi Arabia was […]

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9/10/2020

CIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump bragged that he had saved a Saudi crown prince who the CIA concluded ordered the murder of a U.S. journalist and prominent Saudi critic. He derided U.S. generals as a ‘bunch of pussies,’ while his son-in-law and senior adviser dismissed some early White House officials as ‘overconfident idiots.’ And […]

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9/10/2020

SAUDI ARABIA: [Reporter: “Mr. President, what did you mean when you said you ‘saved MBS’s ass’ to Woodward? What did you mean when you said you saved him?”] “Who are you talking about? [Reporter: “Mohammed bin Salman.”] “Oh, I don’t know. You’ll have to figure that out yourself.” -Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump Before […]

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7/23/2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/PUTIN/SAUDI ARABIA: “This morning, I spoke with President Putin of Russia, and they’re going through a very hard time with this [coronavirus]— in Moscow, in particular. I spoke to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. They’re doing well, but they’re going through a lot. Everybody is going through a lot. Yesterday, I spoke to the […]

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5/12/2020

ENERGY/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TAXES: “Crude Oil prices going up as Saudi Arabia cuts production levels. Our great Energy Companies, with millions of JOBS, are starting to look very good again. At the same time, gasoline prices at record lows (like a big Tax Cut). The BEST of all Worlds. ‘Transition To Greatness’ “ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May […]

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4/13/2020

ENERGY/RUSSIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….disaster, the Energy Industry will be strong again, far faster than currently anticipated. Thank you to all of those who worked with me on getting this very big business back on track, in particular Russia and Saudi Arabia.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 13, 2020 8:31 am […]

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4/12/2020

OIL/RUSSIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The big Oil Deal with OPEC Plus is done. This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States. I would like to thank and congratulate President Putin of Russia and King Salman of Saudi Arabia. I just spoke to them from the Oval Office. Great deal for […]

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4/2/2020

OIL/RUSSIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!” –Donald […]

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12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump confirmed that the suspected shooter who killed three people and wounded at least eight others at a Naval base in Pensacola on Friday [12-6-19] morning was a Saudi national and announced that he’d spoken with the kingdom’s ruler about the attack…Members of the Saudi royal family, including […]

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12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 6, 2019 2:18 pm […]

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12/6/2019

FLORIDA/MASS SHOOTINGS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 6, 2019 2:18 pm […]

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10/11/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/IRAN/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States is sending about 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia in the latest military response by the Trump administration after it accused Iran of attacks last month on Saudi oil facilities, the Pentagon said on Friday [10-11-19]. The move came only five days after President Trump said that his […]

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9/24/2019

IRAN/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Trump delivered a sharp nationalist message and assailed ‘globalists’ in remarks to the world’s leading international body on Tuesday [9-24-19], while stopping short of urging any specific action against Iran for a major attack on Saudi oil facilities that his administration has said was Tehran’s responsibility…The United Nations was founded […]

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9/20/2019

IRAN/OIL/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [9-20-19] shared details of his administration’s newest sanctions on Iran, targeting the Islamic Republic’s national bank over Tehran’s alleged involvement in a series of drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities last weekend. Trump claimed they would be the ‘highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,’ telling […]

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9/20/2019

DEFENSE/IRAN/MILITARY/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is sending a modest deployment of American troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with air and missile defense systems, in response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which the administration blames on Iran. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper called the decision, which came on […]

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9/19/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States said on Thursday [9-19-19] it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action […]

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9/17/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump offered a reserved rebuttal to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s assertion that the administration’s response to Iran shooting down an American drone earlier this summer was viewed as ‘weakness,’ with the President calling his response ‘a sign of strength.’ Trump’s tweet was an unusual rebuke of a strong congressional […]

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9/16/2019

MILITARY/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was ‘locked and loaded,’ a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him ‘under what terms we would […]

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9/16/2019

IRAN/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their ‘airspace’ when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. […]

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9/15/2019

OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” –Donald Trump, […]

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9/15/2019

OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 15, 2019 4:55 pm […]

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7/19/2019

DEFENSE/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency (SPA) reported on Friday [7-19-19]. The U.S. Defense Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it would deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to ‘provide an additional deterrent’ […]

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7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday [7-17-19] to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised a veto. Nearly a month after the Senate supported 22 resolutions disapproving […]

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7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House gave final passage on Wednesday [7-17-19] to a series of measures that would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending to President Trump a fresh rebuke of his administration’s efforts to circumvent Congress to help Persian […]

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6/20/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday [6-20-19], in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran. In three back-to-back […]

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6/19/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/IRAN/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate has agreed to vote Thursday [6-20-19] on blocking President Donald Trump’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out an agreement on the Senate floor Wednesday for senators to vote on 22 resolutions to terminate a series of weapons sales rolled […]

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6/19/2019

CLIMATE CHANGE/HUMAN RIGHTS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Trump’s choice for United Nations ambassador said Wednesday [6-19-19] that Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for rights abuses and that humans have contributed to climate change, posing ‘real risks to our planet.’ The positions expressed by the nominee, Kelly Knight Craft, currently the ambassador to Canada, suggested she […]

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6/12/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior State Department official on Wednesday [6-12-19] defended the Trump administration’s use of an emergency declaration to push through arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, telling a hostile House committee that holding back the weapons would have offered an opening to commercial rivals in […]

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6/7/2019

CONGRESS/ARMS-WEAPONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them […]

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6/5/2019

ARMS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A bipartisan group of senators will try to block the Trump administration’s use of emergency authority to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, setting up a possible showdown with the White House. The resolutions of disapproval come after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress the administration […]

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5/23/2019

CONGRESS/GUNS/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars of munitions that are now on hold, according to current and former American officials and legislators familiar with the plan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

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4/26/2019

CALIFORNIA/OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Spoke to Saudi Arabia and others about increasing oil flow. All are in agreement. The California tax on gasoline is causing big problems on pricing for that state. Speak to your Governor about reducing. Economic numbers, 3.2% GDP for what is often worst quarter, looking good!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 26, […]

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4/22/2019

OIL/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil. Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan […]

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4/10/2019

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Senators rapped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday for being less than forthcoming on a series of issues, as the top US diplomat sidestepped questions on Washington’s support for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi and why Washington is treating Mexico like […]

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3/14/2019

CONGRESS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Time and again — when President Trump stood by Saudi Arabia after the killing of a Virginia-based journalist, when it looked as if he might intervene in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and when he threatened to declare a national emergency to pay for his border wall — lawmakers on Capitol […]

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3/13/2019

HUMAN RIGHTS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The State Department’s human rights report for 2018 released Wednesday [3-13-19] notes Saudi Arabia’s killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi without mentioning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who US intelligence services believe ordered the premeditated murder. The annual report catalogs violence, repression and cruelty around the world, under a […]

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2/19/2019

MIDDLE EAST/NUCLEAR/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Top Trump administration officials advocated for a plan to build dozens of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia despite warnings that the move could pose ethical concerns and violate federal law, according to a report released by House Democrats. The 24-page report was compiled for the House Committee on Oversight […]

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2/19/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/NUCLEAR/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Top Trump administration officials have pushed to build nuclear power plants throughout Saudi Arabia over the vigorous objections of White House lawyers who question the legality of the plan and the ethics of a venture that could enrich Trump allies, according to a new report by House Democrats released […]

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2/11/2019

CONGRESS/FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republicans are fuming at President Donald Trump for telling lawmakers he would disregard a law requiring a report to Congress determining who is responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The uproar among Republicans is just the latest example of their deep discontent with the president’s foreign […]

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2/8/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump refused to provide Congress a report on Friday [2-8-19] determining who killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, defying a demand by lawmakers intent on establishing whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was behind the grisly assassination. Mr. Trump effectively bypassed a deadline set by law as his administration argued […]

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2/6/2019

CONGRESS/FOREIGN POLICY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congress inched closer to a major foreign-policy rebuke of President Donald Trump on Wednesday [2-6-19] when the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced a bill to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen’s bloody civil war. In a party-line vote, the panel’s Democrats sent a War Powers […]

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12/24/2018

SAUDI ARABIA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States. See? Isn’t it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the U.S., that is 5000 miles away. Thanks to Saudi A!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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12/21/2018

MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The rest of Washington may be turning on Donald Trump, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is standing by his man. After the president decided earlier this week to pull U.S. troops out Syria, he found himself isolated. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in protest. Normally friendly congressional Republicans raged. […]

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12/13/2018

MEDIA/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The Senate on Thursday [12-13-18] passed a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ratcheting up pressure on President Donald Trump who has aligned himself with the Saudi kingdom in the aftermath of the brutal killing. Just prior to passing the resolution […]

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12/13/2018

MEDIA/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “In a historic bipartisan rebuke of the president and a marked shift in the long-standing U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, the Senate voted Thursday [12-13-18] to try to force the Trump administration to end its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Although the measure will stall in the House […]

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12/13/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The Senate passed a resolution Thursday [12-13-18] to withdraw U.S. support for Saudi-backed forces at war in Yemen in a rare bipartisan rebuke to President Donald Trump. The resolution, led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), invokes the War Powers Act and passed in a […]

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12/12/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate is on the verge of passing a resolution to withdraw U.S support for Saudi-backed forces at war in Yemen, with senators predicting that at least a narrow majority will ultimately defy the Trump administration on the matter. The resolution, led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and […]

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12/11/2018

CIA/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [12-11-18] that he stood by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas from U.S. senators for Trump to condemn the kingdom’s de facto ruler. Trump refused to comment on whether Crown Prince […]

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12/5/2018

CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday [12-4-18], having just received a classified briefing from the director of the CIA in the basement of the Capitol, two Republican senators stepped to a crowd of cameras and reporters. With a few pointed words, the pair blew up the Trump administration’s efforts to minimize […]

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12/4/2018

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rep. Chris Stewart on Tuesday [12-4-18] defended President Donald Trump’s response to the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October, saying that ‘journalists disappear all over the country’…After being subjected to massive international pressure, Saudi officials admitted the death of Khashoggi […]

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11/30/2018

G20/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump spoke briefly with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday [11-30-18] on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, a move that could further inflame tensions both in the United States and abroad. The exchange between the two leaders was not scheduled, and comes after U.S. and Turkish […]

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11/28/2018

CABINET/CIA/JAMES MATTIS/MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Two senior U.S. Cabinet members urged senators on Wednesday [11-28-18] not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but lawmakers from both parties said they could not turn a blind eye to reports that the country’s de facto ruler was involved in last […]

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11/27/2018

G20/SAUDI ARABIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will not meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this weekend at the G-20 summit, the White House said on Tuesday [11-27-18]. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing that although the White House has not ‘ruled out any interaction,’ the president’s schedule at […]

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11/23/2018

INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump disputed that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that the de facto leader of American ally Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of a U.S.-based journalist critical of the kingdom’s royal family. Citing vehement denials by the crown prince and king that they were involved, Trump said Thursday that ‘maybe […]

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11/21/2018

CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a stunning statement, brutally honest even by Trumpian standards, the President made his views of Saudi Arabia — past, present and future — crystal clear Tuesday [11-20-18]. Undermining his own CIA’s intelligence assessment and hyperventilating about the virtues of the Saudis (a ‘truly spectacular ally,’ he called them last weekend), […]

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11/21/2018

CIA/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “While some members of the US intelligence community have acknowledged that they are frustrated by President Donald Trump’s public rejection of the CIA’s assessment regarding the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, current and former officials accept that it is well within the President’s rights to be skeptical about information […]

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11/21/2018

OIL/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday [11-21-18] praised Saudi Arabia for helping to lower oil prices as pressure intensified for the United States to impose tougher sanctions on its Middle East ally over dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. In a tweet, Trump thanked Riyadh for the recent drop in oil […]

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11/20/2018

FOREIGN POLICY/HUMAN RIGHTS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is demanding a definitive determination from President Donald Trump about whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a letter to Trump, the panel’s chairman, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), and ranking […]

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11/20/2018

CONGRESS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House statement that defended Saudi Arabia in the killing of dissident Jamal Khashoggi was attributed to President Donald Trump. But all Rand Paul heard when he read it was John Bolton…The Kentucky Republican doesn’t break with Trump much these days, but the president’s statement propping up American support for Saudi […]

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11/20/2018

FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday [11-20-18] that he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia or its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The White House has been struggling to square a widespread sense that the crown prince directed […]

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11/20/2018

CONGRESS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is facing pressure from Congress to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died Oct. 2 inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. So far, the administration has taken two steps: • The State Department has barred 21 Saudi nationals accused of involvement […]

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11/20/2018

FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “By letting Saudi Arabia get away with the murder of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the President sent a message of startling clarity about how the United States will conduct its business in the world. Refusing to break with Saudi strongman Mohammed bin Salman over the killing in the Saudi consulate […]

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11/20/2018

INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump defied the nation’s intelligence agencies and a growing body of evidence on Tuesday [11-20-18] to declare his unswerving loyalty to Saudi Arabia, asserting that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s culpability for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi might never be known. In a remarkable statement that appeared calculated to end […]

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11/18/2018

CIA/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said he does not want to listen to an audio recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite facing mounting pressure to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing. Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and Turkey has given the […]

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11/15/2018

MEDIA/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Thursday [11-15-18] imposed sanctions targeting 17 Saudi Arabian officials — but not the powerful crown prince — over the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi more than a month after the Saudi critic went missing. The Treasury Department designated the officials for sanctions over what it […]

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11/13/2018

AMBASSADOR/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will nominate retired Gen. John Abizaid, the former head of US Central Command, as the new American ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced Tuesday [11-13-18]. The nomination comes at a critical moment in diplomatic relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, as the White House […]

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10/24/2018

ELECTION/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The three-way test of wills over Saudi Arabia’s murder of an exiled journalist has started to play out in oil markets. Each day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintains his drip feed of grisly details of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Each day, a reluctant President Donald […]

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10/24/2018

CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “CIA director Gina Haspel is set to brief President Donald Trump on the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday, as the President increasingly expresses frustration with the Saudi response and the country’s crown prince vows ‘justice’ for the journalist’s killers. Haspel traveled to Turkey on Monday […]

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10/23/2018

CIA/FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump offered his most stinging indictment yet of a Saudi effort to silence a dissident journalist, calling the series of events that led to Jamal Khashoggi’s death ‘the worst cover up ever’…Later Tuesday [10-23-18], Trump went further, calling the episode a ‘total fiasco.’ The rebuke of Saudi Arabia’s […]

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10/22/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump said Monday [10-22-18] he’s not satisfied with the explanations he’s heard about the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and is awaiting reports from U.S. personnel returning from the region. Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote critically about the Saudi royal family, died earlier this […]

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10/21/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Top U.S. lawmakers turned their ire on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday [10-21-18] and said they believed he ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, although the Trump administration maintained a more cautious stance…Corker, who received a classified briefing on the case on Friday [10-19-18], said he […]

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10/19/2018

CONGRESS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Friday [10-19-18] that the U.S. Congress will be involved in determining the U.S. response to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. ‘I’m going to have very much Congress involved in determining what to do,’ Trump told reporters in Scottsdale, Arizona. ‘I will very much listen […]

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10/19/2018

MEDIA/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Frida [10-19-18] that Saudi Arabia’s explanation for how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died at its consulate in Istanbul was credible. Speaking to reporters, Trump said Saudi Arabia’s announcement on the circumstances of Khashoggi’s death was a ‘good first step.’ He also said he prefers that any sanctions […]

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10/19/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of a Saudi Arabian government team means President Donald Trump now faces a question: what to do about it. On Friday [10-19-18], Saudi Arabia admitted the Washington Post columnist was dead and announced the arrest of 18 individuals including high ranking officials close to the […]

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10/19/2018

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump denied Friday [10-19-18] that his secretary of state was ever provided recordings of the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, refuting a Friday report by ABC News…ABC News cited a senior Turkish official who told the network that Pompeo heard an audio recording of Khashoggi being […]

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10/19/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital and a close friend of President Donald Trump, has dropped out of next week’s Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia. Barrack told CNN that his session at the summit was canceled because he was scheduled to speak with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who pulled […]

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10/19/2018

ELECTION/GOP/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday [10-20-18] from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations…Trump’s praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded guilty to an assault charge […]

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10/18/2018

GOP/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [10-18-18] praised Rep. Greg Gianforte’s body slamming a reporter in 2017, saying that anyone who did such a thing was ‘my kind of guy’…Since he was a candidate for the presidency, Trump has complained of ‘fake news,’ harassed individual outlets and journalists on Twitter, and […]

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10/18/2018

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/GOP/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/TURKEY: “Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker warned the Trump administration on Thursday [10-18-18] that its information ‘clampdown’ on the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi can’t go on. The Tennessee Republican said in an interview he sought to view recent U.S. intelligence on Monday and Tuesday regarding Khashoggi’s […]

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10/16/2018

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [10-16-18] that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince intends to expand an investigation into missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that the prince did not know what happened in the Turkish consulate where Khashoggi apparently disappeared. ‘Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who […]

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10/18/2018

FOREIGN POLICY/INTELLIGENCE/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared earlier this month, President Donald Trump has acted like his own world-class spies and hackers don’t exist. The U.S. intelligence community is reportedly increasingly convinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is culpable in Khashoggi’s killing. Publicly, though, Trump has evinced no knowledge of […]

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10/18/2018

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STEVE MNUCHIN/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday [10-18-18] it ‘certainly looks’ as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened ‘very severe’ consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global […]

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10/18/2018

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday [10-18-18] as the White House struggles to contain a spiraling crisis over a journalist’s apparent death at a Saudi consulate. Trump stressed Wednesday [10-17-18] that he does not want to abandon Riyadh as it comes under increasing pressure […]

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10/17/2018

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s smiling photo op with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top US diplomat told the royal his future as king depends on his handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder. A source familiar with Pompeo’s Tuesday [10-16-18] meeting […]

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10/17/2018

MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [10-17-18] that his administration has asked for any video or audio intelligence from Turkey’s investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkey says was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul…Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had been critical of Crown Prince Mohammed […]

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10/16/2018

MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “The Trump administration pushed back on Tuesday [10-16-18] against rising condemnation of Saudi Arabia and showed support for its crown prince, who has been linked to the disappearance and possible murder of a leading dissident journalist inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey. In his strongest language to date over the […]

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