Saudi Arabia’s Major Role in the 2016 Presidential Election

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

The story headlining the news the past few days is Donald Trump’s feud with Khizr Khan, the father of a slain Muslim U.S. serviceman and a speaker the Democratic National Convention. On the last night of the convention, July 28, Khan delivered a speech that paid tribute to his son and then bashed Trump. Since that night, there has been constant back-and-forth verbal battle between Trump and Khan, with the media painting Khan to be “a living validation of the success of their strategy against “extremism”: by refusing to identify the enemy as having anything to do with Islam” as one reporter put it.

Thanks to the media’s fascination with the ongoing feud, one major fact was missed. Khizr Khan, along with the Clinton campaign, have immense ties to Saudi Arabia. According to information found on Intelius records, Khan worked at Hogan Lovells LLP, which is a U.S. firm hired by the Saudi


Hillary Clinton with Saudis

and works for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and will continue to do so throughout 2016. One lobbyist from the firm, Robert Kyle, raised $50,850 for the Clinton campaign.

Saudi ties to lobbying and public relations affairs in the United States remains no secret. In April of this year, the Washington Post reported that five major lobby and PR firms were hired in 2015 to coordinate meetings between Saudi business leaders and U.S. media to promote foreign investment in the economy in Saudi Arabia, therefore increasing Saudi Arabia’s prominence to the American public and the United Nations. Josh Stewart, a spokesman for the Sunlight Foundation, told the Post, “Saudi Arabia is consistently one of the bigger players when it comes to foreign influence in Washington. That spans both what you’d call the inside game, which is lobbying and government relations, and the outside game, which is PR and other things that tend to reach a broader audience than just lobbying.”

Clinton’s direct link with Saudi Arabia takes shape in these PR and lobbying firms. The Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court hired the Podesta Group to lobby for them. John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign, personally lobbies on behalf of the Saudi group, which is an entity of the Saudi government.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation and Friends of Saudi Arabia contributed somewhere between $1 million and $5 million to the foundation as well.

The danger in Saudi Arabia possessing such a major influence on American politicians stems from the fact that they have heavy threats against our politicians when things don’t go their way. For example, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and John Cornyn of Texas wrote a bipartisan bill that would allow family members of 9/11 victims and other terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments for restitution. After the declassification of the 9/11 report, it is now public knowledge that Saudi Arabia was involved in the attacks. This puts the country at risk of law suits if the bill is passed. As a result, the Saudi government threatened to sell up to $750 billion in U.S. Treasury securities and other assets if the bill was passed. White House spokesmen hinted that Obama planned to veto the bill if it passed in both Houses.

The election of Donald Trump as president threatens to end Saudi influence in U.S. government and public policy. Mainstream media and Democrats are using pawns like Khizr Khan to paint Trump as an enemy in order to maintain Saudi influence in American politics so they can continue to cash in on it.

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