…by Jonas E. Alexis
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, has declined Trump’s invitation to the White House—and for good reasons. She quickly realized that Trump was trying to redeem himself by giving the false impression that he is looking for a thorough investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s death, when in fact Trump has no plan whatsoever to indict Saudi Arabia in the death of Jamal.
In fact, as VT has pointed out, Trump and Jared Kushner are accomplices in the death of the journalist. Both Trump and Kushner want Saudi money to be poured in the United States, and they don’t give a damn about a journalist who attempted to criticize Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi prince who has shut down any independent voice in the country. In fact, Saudi Arabia arrested economist Essam al-Zamel right after “he criticises Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s financial plans.” The British newspaper the Independent reported:
“A year ago, before he could head abroad, Essam al-Zamel was arrested, rounded up along with other Saudi activists, dissidents and scholars. And in recent days it has emerged that the mild-mannered number cruncher has been charged with draconian terrorism and treason charges, and possibly faces the death penalty or years in prison.”
Madawi al-Rasheed, a London-based Saudi scholar, said: “It’s the fear. The regime doesn’t mind people passing insults on Twitter, but Essam al-Zamel is an educated person who poses a threat because he can provide statistics and evidence that debunks Saudi propaganda.”
Unfortunately, the Trump administration has made a conscious decision to strike a diabolical deal with the very country that has caused problems in the Middle East since the beginning of time. The excuse again for this diabolical pact is…the almighty dollar.
If you think this is categorically false, then let us hear from Trump himself. When it was widely known that Khashoggi was dead, Trump declared that the Saudis “are ordering military equipment [from the United States]; everybody in the world wanted that order. Russia wanted it, China wanted it, we wanted it – we got it. And we got all of it, every bit of it.”
When it was again announced that the Saudis had blood on their hands, Trump said: “I would prefer, if there is going to be some form of sanction or what we may determine to do, if anything… that we don’t use as retribution canceling $110 billion worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs.”
Academic institutions like Harvard and Georgetown University have also made deal with the Saudis way back in 2005. Listen to this:
“A Saudi prince has donated $20 million each to Harvard University and Georgetown University to advance Islamic studies and further understanding of the Muslim world.
“Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud — whom Forbes magazine ranks as the fifth wealthiest person in the world, with assets worth $23.7 billion — is the nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.”
In short, Hatice Cengiz had every reason to reject Trump’s duplicitous invitation. Cengiz said: “I demand that all those involved in this savagery from the highest to the lowest levels are punished and brought to justice.” In other words, if Trump cannot bring the people responsible for the death of Jamal to justice, then taking a trip to the White House is pointless works in Trump’s favor. Cengiz continued:
“Trump invited me to the United States but I perceived it as a statement to win public favour.”
-  See “Mohammed bin Salman’s reign of terror will not make Saudi Arabia stable,” Middle East Eye, July 16, 2018.
-  “Saudi Arabia arrests economist on terror charges after he criticises Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s financial plans,” Independent, October 2, 2018.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid.
-  “Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ if Saudi Arabia is behind killing of WaPo journalist Khashoggi,” Russia Today, October 13, 2018.
-  Raf Sanchez, “Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée says she will not accept Donald Trump invitation because he is not sincere about finding the truth,” Telegraph, October 27, 2018.