The Canadian Broadcasting Company just publicly schooled Trump with humiliating fact-check

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President Trump’s shameful groveling at the feet of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has been rightfully slammed by voices on the right and left as a disgusting act of immoral obsequience.

After the CIA concluded that bin Salman ordered the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump announced that he will do absolutely nothing about it. What’s more, he released a jaw-dropping statement rife with Saudi talking points in which he smeared Khashoggi.

Instead of tackling the issue as an American president should — with fierce condemnation and possible economic reprisals — Trump has decided to heap praise on the Saudis. He took to Twitter today to ramble about oil prices, trying to provide cover for his cowardice by painting his decision to ignore Khashoggi’s murder as a tough, business-minded, realpolitik decision.

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He ludicrously characterized lower oil prices as a “big Tax cut for America and the World.” The implication, which happens to be patently untrue, is that his decision not to take action against bin Salman is single-handedly leading to a decrease in the cost of petroleum.

In response to the president’s absurd tweet, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation took to Twitter to point out that while Donald Trump — they chose not to refer to him as President Trump — is thanking Saudi Arabia, the United States only imports 11% of its oil from Saudia Arabia. The lion’s share, 40%, comes from Canada.

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It’s worth noting that Trump has repeatedly attacked, insulted, and weakened our relationship with our northern neighbor, a fact which exposes the lie behind his supposed rationale for supporting Saudi Arabia. If he really cared so much about oil prices, he would be building a stronger friendship with Canada, not breaking it down.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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