On May 20, Donald Trump stepped off Air Force One in Riyadh and watched the Saudi government put on a show for him. It was his first foreign trip, and quite a show it was. Sword dances, a glowing orb, and an inflated arms deal Trump made a big show of signing.
The show had its effect. Months later when Saudi Arabia, which hosts no U.S. troops, and its regional allies put a blockade on Qatar, which hosts 11,000 American troops involved in fighting ISIS, over regional politics, Trump expressed immediate support for the government of Saudi Arabia.
While Trump was lauding the Saudi royal family, the Saudis continued to hold more than a dozen journalists in prison, executed more than 100 people a year, including by beheading, for crimes such as feminism, homosexuality, and “apostasy.”
In a sense, it’s no surprise…
Patrons can read full article: Why the Saudis feel free to kill journalists with Trump in office