Updates – Reflect additions of tweets as well as clerical edits.
Last update: November 22, 2018 | 4:10am
Author: Nancy Langley.
First Published: November 21, 2018 | 8:55am
1st Tweet | Saudi Arabia
Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Saudi Arabia. Several days ago, it was reported that the CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination.
In response to that intelligence assessment, the White House issued the following statement:
The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.
After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!
The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.
Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia
to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!
I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction – and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!
Let’s return to this morning’s tweet:
– Did you notice the president indicates Congress may differ with his determinations?
– Does the president agree with the findings of the CIA?
– Does the president openly condemn the Saudi prince for ordering the butchery of Khashoggi?
– Which does the president consider more important:
the life of an American resident employed by an American corporation
~ or ~
the price of Saudi Arabia’s oil?
– Which do you consider more important?
– Is America great if we ignore the brutal and horrific murder of an American journalist?
3rd Tweet | Self – Adoration
In this tweet, the president provides a link to an op-ed in the New York Post.
The author, Michael Goodwin, compares behaviors of a couple of New York politicians to behaviors of Donald Trump.
– Is “Trump Imitation Syndrome” something that actually exists?
– If so, which Trumpism(s) might one see imitated?
– Looking at your list of Trump-like behaviors, words and/or strategies, which would you think are worthy of imitation?
– If you found some behaviors worthy of imitation, why did you select them?
– Are there other ways that one might find are better strategies?
– Why or why not?
4th Tweet | Promotional
Author Gina Loudon is a member of Trump’s 2020 Media Advisory Board, and her doctorate degree is in “Human and Organization Systems” from Fielding Graduate University.
Learn more about the author and her probable biases from this article in The Daily Beast.
5th and 6th Tweets | Federal Judges
These tweets are in response to a statement made by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts that the U.S. doesn’t have “Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.”He commented in a statement released by the Supreme Court after a query by The Associated Press. Chief Justice Roberts also suggested that an “independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” in his Wednesday statement.
– Does this president have a law degree?
– Has this president ever worked as an attorney or a judge?
– Is it true that different judges have different philosophies and belief systems?
– If someone believes their legal case was unfairly decided, what legal options may they have?
– Is the president ever the “boss” of Supreme Court judges? Of Federal District judges? Of any judges?
– Who is closest to being truthful in this debate? Is it possible the two are both correct and incorrect?
7th Tweet | Self – Congratulatory
8th Tweet | Anti-Migrant Caravan Propaganda
1st Tweet | Continuation of Judicial Criticisms
– Is FOX news a reliable news source? Why or why not?
– Do other sources report a 79% rate of 9th Circuit overturned decisions?
– Is it the president’s job to oversee the U.S. judicial system? Where is that duty described in the U.S. Constitution?
– Whose job is it to ensure that judicial decisions rendered in a federal District court are overturned or not?
2nd and 3rd Tweets | Re-Tweets of Campaign Slogans
4th Tweet | Global Warming
Sorry, readers. My objectivity is blown on this one.
“Global Warming” describes a process where small increases in average temperatures over time cause a series of planetary changes. Those changes grow increasingly more extreme than normal weather.
So – a “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast” that “could shatter ALL RECORDS” is an event one should expect with global warming.
5th Tweet | Takes Credit for Traffic Jams
– What is the source for “number of drivers?”
– What statistical analyses show a direct causal link between current gas prices and current number of drivers?
Let’s just say there is such a study with the findings …
– Are more people driving because wages haven’t increased; therefore, fewer people can afford to fly?
– Is there more than one explanation for why people are driving?
Verify the source and the study before believing all you hear and read.