Donald Trump talked with Saudi officials about Iran … and why didn’t we know that?

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On Monday, Donald Trump definitely did not meet with the Saudi Arabian vice minister of defense. He definitely did not talk to him about Iran. He definitely did not send back messages for Mohammed bin Salman. This is clear, because it’s not on any published White House schedule, it’s not listed on Trump’s activities for the day, and there has been no White House read-out of the intention or results of such a meeting. Surely Trump meeting with a representative of the murderous leader of a murderous regime that has already been sent thousands of U.S. troops on the pretense of deterring action by Iran, could not have happened without the White House informing the public about the intention of the meeting, what was discussed, or any decisions made based on that discussion.

Or … it did happen, only the U.S. public has to rely on pictures from the Saudi government to let us know. According to the Saudi vice minister, he was called on by Trump to deliver a message to the journalist-murdering bin Salman, and discuss how the U.S. and Saudi Arabia will cooperate to confront “regional challenges.” Which is a message that will please no one in either Iran or Iraq.

But perhaps the least pleasing thing for anyone in the United States is that a autocratic regime whose idea of human rights includes beheading those who fail to grovel sufficiently, and which has blockaded a neighboring state for years over the issue of forcing news agencies to be less honest, is the only source for information on this meeting.

Which is far from the first time something like this has happened. There was the time that Trump barred U.S. reporters from an event, when the Russian press was welcome. There were the numerous occasions where Trump has had a chat with a foreign leader, with the U.S. public getting the word only when that foreign leader issues a read-out. For example, on December 30, when Trump and Putin talked, but the White House failed to provide so much as a mention of the call until a day after Russia had released their read-out.

It’s unclear which is worse, that Americans are forced to get news of Trump’s actions from reports provided by state-owned media in autocratic regimes, or the fact that the information from those sources may be more truthful than anything put out by this White House.

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8 Comments on "Donald Trump talked with Saudi officials about Iran … and why didn’t we know that?"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

It’s par for the course. He loves to keep us in the dark. You kinda wonder how many other calls have gone undocumented and what the content of those calls was. If Obama had done something like this every republitard would be screaming

DHG
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Gonna be a real revelation when the new admin takes over and recovers all the deleted stuff and make no mistake they will.

Markm Mitchell
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Markm Mitchell

Trump is Impeached; now remove.

DHG
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Don does everything for himself, us be damned.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

This is one of the things that aggravates me the most. We find out about meetings with foreign leaders from the foreign leaders. Not our own people. Not our taxpayer dollars funded press secretary. Think about that for a minute. Foreign Governments are more transparent with the American people then our IMPOTUS & the Republicans in Washington think that’s just dandy & condone & defend it. Makes me feel ill.

Mick owens
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Mick owens

The only way your guna get fat boy outta the WH, is to find another Oswald…!

Independent
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Independent

The problem might be that he is in the dark. The articles about his potential dementia state he cannot remember shit. Which doesn’t matter because he doesn’t have a clue what he is doing. Why is Melania always by his side and now at meetings? Is she potus sitting? Where is Ivanka? Home protecting her children? So many questions.

J.M.
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J.M.

Having the squatter in the WH just let’s all show their true vile colors. Some days I just can’t believe this never ending nightmare.