Trump’s art of the giveaway

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Donald Trump came to national prominence with his best-selling 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.” As President, he is perfecting the art of the giveaway.

Take how he is approaching Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, which the CIA concluded was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, widely known as MBS.The CIA assessed that a resident of Virginia working for the Washington Post was dismembered by Saudi officials acting on orders of MBS.

In an ordinary administration, that would have been carefully considered and likely leveraged to try to achieve multiple US goals in the greater Middle East.But this is an administration run by an impulsive President who doesn’t overly trouble himself with facts.

And so, on Tuesday, Trump released a statement saying he was all-in with MBS because of what he contended were the hundreds of thousands of jobs that the Saudis were creating in the States and the huge arms deals that the US has negotiated with them.

This is a classic case of believing your own propaganda. The jobs likely to be created in the US and the arms deals are both small potatoes.

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