Good Day World!
We now know that Jared Kushner and Trump have wildly exaggerated the amount of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
If you recall, Trump's first state visit to another country as president of the United States was to Saudi Arabia, where they greeted him like a king.
He's had numerous wet dreams about the experience since, even (longingly) hinting about how much he was impressed by the complete and absolute control the Crown Prince had in his country.
It's no secret Trump has had business dealings with Saudi Arabia for a long time. He bragged about it during his presidential campaign.
With the help of his sleazy son in law, Jared Kushner, they came up with a Memorandum of Intent (not a legally binding contract) suggesting the Saudi's were going to buy $110 billion worth of arms from the U.S.
It was a con from the start. A Trump specialty. Much ado over nothing. A diplomatic nothing burger that he and his ratface son in law sold the State Department and the Department of Defense.
While claiming a diplomatic victory for Trump, Kushner pushed State and Defense officials to inflate the figure of the arms exchanges that were aspirational at best.
Whatever credibility Secretary of Defense James Mattis had was erased as he supported Kushner's narrative and endorsed the memorandum. The die was cast. More like the conspiracy was launched.
When Saudi Crown prince brutally murdered Jamal Kashoggi and the CIA confirmed it as a fact, Trump rebutted his own intelligence sources to side with bin Salman. At that point, it became Saudi Arabia First...not America First.
He brought up the "significant amount" of investments in U.S. military equipment using the bogus $110 billion as a prime example.
Here's the facts:
There's a $15 billion dollar deal in the works (originally negotiated under Obama's administration) for a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system and maintenance for other systems.
This order has not even been fulfilled yet. As for the wildly exaggerated $110 billion figure, it was arrived upon based on an analysis of Saudi requirements in the future and optimal U.S. solutions. In other words...bullshit predications.
There are NO other signed contracts. Period.
Related: The $110 Billion Arms Deal To Saudi Arabia is Fake News
Time for me to walk on down the road...