Truth behind Trump and his Saudi deals

Report says that even during his campaign Trump signed up with eight companies that appear tied to a potential hotel project in Saudi Arabia. (AP)

The Washington Post has revealed a clear contradiction between the controversial comments made by the US President-elect Donald Trump, that perceived as hostile toward Saudi Arabia, and his actions on the ground. In reality, it seems, he has been seeking to increase his investment and reap more profits by expanding his cooperation with Saudi partners.

A report published by the newspaper says that even during his presidential campaign Trump signed up with eight companies that appear tied to a potential hotel project in Saudi Arabia.

The Washington Post added that Trump signed with these companies in August 2015, shortly after inaugurating his campaign. The companies are registered under names such as THC Jeddah Hotel, DT Jeddah Technical Services, according to the financial disclosure filings.

The newspaper stated that the names of the listed companies appear similar to the pattern of deals signed by Trump with other companies in foreign cities. By the time of submission of his financial disclosure, Trump was head of four of these companies and director of some of them.

The Post report says that during a rally on August 21st in Alabama, Trump inaugurated four of these companies. He emphasized that he has a good relationship with Saudi Arabia. On the same day, he said: “They are buying apartments and properties from me,” adding, “They spend $40-50 million, I am supposed to hate them? I love them very much.”

In January 2016, when he was a guest on the American station Fox News, Trump declared that he will not help Saudi Arabia, and will not contribute to military aid nor protection, but he will take advantage of them on an economic level.

Nevertheless, Trump continued to attack his Democrat rival Hilary Clinton, claiming that The Clinton Foundation, had deals with Saudi Arabia.

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