Every time that Donald Trump says that he has “no financial interests in Saudi Arabia” he’s lying. This video proves it.
On Tuesday Trump tried to quiet down all of the talk about his business ties with Saudi Arabia. He has been under fire this week following the violent murder of Virginia resident, Washington Post columnist, and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
While most of the world is demanding that the Saudis be held accountable for this murder, Trump has been hesitant to say anything too negative about his friends.
This has led many to speculate that the real reason Trump won’t hold the Saudis accountable is because he has so many financial ties with the country.
On Tuesday morning Trump tried to address the speculation. He tweeted: “For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”
For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
But there’s one big problem with Trump’s claims. He is on tape saying that he gets hundreds of millions of dollars from the Saudis.
In July of 2015 when Trump was on the campaign trail he gave a speech where he said that he “likes the Saudis” so much because “I make a lot of money with them.” That directly contradicts what he’s saying now.
“They buy all sorts of my stuff,” he said of the Saudis. “All kinds of toys from Trump. They pay me millions and hundreds of millions.”
Here's the video of Trump at his July 2015 rally boasting he makes "a lot of money" to the tune of "hundreds of millions" of dollars selling things to the Saudis and Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/QrjrnF4Hen
— 💀andrew👻kaczynski🎃 (@KFILE) October 16, 2018
And on top of that video, the Washington Post reported in August that the Saudis were throwing all kinds of money at Trump through his hotels.
Thanks to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s patronage to Trump’s hotel, the Post reported, “After two years of decline, revenue from room rentals [at the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan] went up 13 percent in the first three months of 2018.”
Trump is also lying about his financial ties with Russia. In 2008 Trump’s own son admitted that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets” and “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Trump is clearly lying about his financial ties with Saudi Arabia and Russia. This is yet another reason that we need to see his tax returns.