Saudis Look to Buy Trump Support With $40 Billion ‘Investment’

Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Would Join Into Trump's 'Infrastructure' Scheme

Most nations have been trying to curry favor with President Trump through lavish praise, and comments presenting him as a grand departure from the Obama Administration’s policies. Saudi Arabia is looking for a more straightforward route, and it involves getting out their checkbook.

In this case, just ahead of Trump’s visit to Riyadh, the Saudi government’s sovereign wealth fund intends to announce a $40 billion “investment” in US infrastructure projects. Details are still not clear, but it appears to be related to Trump’s pledged $1 trillion infrastructure project.

Trump has been keen to push the narrative that other nations owe the US huge sums of money for the assorted wars they’ve launched, and while this isn’t explicitly that, it’s got enough of an appearance of being a payoff that he can freely spin it that way.

Of course, unspoken in all of this is that Saudi Arabia is going to want more than just to make Trump happy for $40 billion. This is likely to include myriad things over the president’s time in office, but likely one of the first uses of this newly bought leverage will be trying to kill the 9/11 lawsuits the Saudi government is facing.

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  • curmudgeonvt

    And I’m betting he takes the bribe and then crows about how HE saved the US taxpayers $40B.

  • chris chuba

    1. Slaughter Yemenis – check.
    2. Continue slaughter in Syria – check.
    3. Lie about Iran and try to destroy their economy and possibly start a war – check.

    $40B is a bargain.

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  • dieter heymann

    There will be thousands of King Salman bridges, freeways, and tunnels. All with hefty tolls.