Paul Brandus: With Saudi Arabia, Trump has the one thing he should understand: leverage

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2018.

Critics of President Trump sneer that he won’t do anything to punish Saudi Arabia for murdering a Washington Post journalist and chopping him up with a bone saw. He won’t stand up to them, they say, because he and his family make millions off the Saudis, and in TrumpWorld, that’s the only thing—the only thing—that counts. “Am I supposed to dislike them?”—he said in 2015.

Trump, who says protecting Americans is his top priority, deliberately left the Saudis off his mostly-Muslim travel ban, designed to keep, as he sees it, bad people from coming here to kill us.

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