Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How much does it cost to swing a 110 billion dollar deal?

On Same Weekend as Record-Breaking Arms Deal, Saudis Announced $100 Million Donation to Ivanka Fund, writes Jen Hayen (Daily Kos). Over the weekend, Jared Kushner was credited with negotiating a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis.

There are three numbers to understand. $110,000,000,000 and $100,000,000 and 0.09%.

The donations and the White House are not tied. Definitely not. No way! It is a total coincidence the $100 million dollar donation is being made the same weekend a $110 billion arms deal is announced. And never mind that Ivanka Trump is traveling to Saudi Arabia in her official capacity as an ‘Assistant to the President of the United States.’

Let’s recall Donald Trump’s reaction when it came to the Saudis donating to the Clinton Foundation. From October 2016:

When Chris Wallace asked Clinton about reports of conflicts of interest at the foundation, she responded, “I’m thrilled to talk about the Clinton Foundation because it is a world renowned charity and I’m so proud of the work that it does.”

Trump shot in that it’s a “criminal enterprise.”

“Saudi Arabia given $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries. You talk about women and women’s rights? These are people that push gays off business, off buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly and yet you take their money,” Trump said. "So I’d like to ask you right now why don’t you give back the money that you’ve taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly?

Anyone out there want to defend Trump? Kushner? Or how about Ivanka? Or might you believe in coincidences? Or did it only cost the Saudis 0.09% of the 110 billion sales price to firm up the deal? As Trump himself said, it’s a “criminal enterprise.” Just speculating. Bigly.

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