Watch your ass, Jared Kushner. Eric Trump has some Opinions about the Middle East.
In an appearance on Fox News today (his second in as many days), the younger Trump failson/burgeoning diplomat dished on the disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi government.
Here’s what he had to say (emphasis mine):
I think it’s tough, right? You can’t have journalists getting murdered. And the way they did it was obviously savage, and awful, and you had fifteen people go through—I mean, god knows what actually happened in that room, but whatever happened was clearly awful.
At the same time, I mean, I think we have to be honest with ourselves that America, we face a little bit of a problem where we don’t have all that many friends in the Middle East. You’ve got real problems in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia actually has been a friend to the U.S. in many ways.
They’re ordering from us—massive, massive orders. Hundreds of billions of dollars of arms and various things that’ll create tens and tens of thousands of jobs, and so—you cannot be executing journalists, or anybody else, right? Journalist or not, you can’t be doing that. It’s behavior that is savage and everything else. At the same time, who are our friends in the Middle East? The UAE, uh, Israel, and, uh, Saudi. So you’re going to take that and throw all of that away?
I don’t mean to be binary with this, one action is not acceptable, but like, it leaves the country in a very tough predicament.
Not sure why we don’t have friends in the Middle East. Could it the two catastrophic, regionally destabilizing wars we started there within the past twenty years? Our complicity in the Saudi government’s horrifying war in Yemen? Our unequivocal support of Israel’s policy of apartheid against Palestinians? Eric’s dad’s continued vilification and oppression of Muslims? The U.S. trying its very best to start a war with Iran? And this is just recent history; we’ve been fucking around in this part of the world very long time.
So yeah, it sure is a real mystery why we don’t have many fans in the Middle East. But at least Eric is honest about one thing: the money will always be more important than abstract ideals like freedom and peace.