'He wears his moral bankruptcy on his sleeve': Trevor Noah rips Trump's stance on Saudi Arabia
(âThe Daily Show with Trevor Noahâ/YouTube) October 18 at 6:14 AM
President Trump has done several lengthy interviews this week, answering questions on topics ranging from his views on climate change (he has a ânatural instinctâ for science) to the Federal Reserve (itâs his âbiggest threatâ). But in all his recent media appearances, one subject continues to produce only reluctant responses: Saudi Arabia and the countryâs connection to the disappearance and alleged dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
It hasnât gone unnoticed by the likes of Trevor Noah, who lambasted the president Wednesday for his answers regarding Saudi Arabiaâs role in Kh ashoggiâs disappearance and potential murder, or what Noah called âthe question that everyone is really after this week.â
In recent days, more evidence has come to light that Khashoggi was murdered and then dismembered by Saudi agents â" including an audio recording, which Turkish officials say captured his gruesome demise and proves he was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen. (The last column by Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, before his disappearance was published Wednesday.) However, Trump, Noah said, still seems âextremely reluctant to blame Saudi Arabia.â
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âMany people have suspected that itâs because of money and it turns out Trump also suspects that itâs because of money,â Noah quipped, before playing a clip of the presidentâs Tuesday interview with Fox Business.
Once again bringing up the lucrative arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia that he told CBSâs Lesley Stahl âeverybody in the world wanted,â Trump reiterated the importance of what he heralded as âthe largest order ever given by an outside country.â He told Fox Business that U.S. leaders want to be smart, adding, âI donât want to give up a $110 billion dollar order or whatever it is.â
âYou know, say what you want about Trump, but he wears his moral bankruptcy on his sleeve,â said Noah, fighting a smile as he slipped into his well-practiced impersonation of the president. âHeâs straight up like, âLook, I know Saudi Arabia killed a dude, but we all about the Benjamins, yo. Yeah, these long ties donât buy themselves folks.â
In a rare moment, Noah complimented Trump for his candor. Other presidents have been faced with similar decisions and had to âmake these types of calculations,â but Trump is the only one who will admit it, he said.
Noah wasnât alone in his exami nation of the presidentâs responses on the subject. On CBS, Stephen Colbert also latched onto Trumpâs repeated praise of U.S.-Saudi relations, playing a clip of the president speaking from the Oval Office on Wednesday and describing Saudi Arabiaâs commitment to âpurchase $450 billion worth of things.â
The Saudisâ shopping list looked something like this, Colbert said: âMilitary, things, Donald Trump.â
âDance for me, Donald, dance,â Colbert said, as he waved his arms about wildly.
Trump has repeatedly defended the countryâs leaders, suggesting mysterious ârogue killersâ may have been responsible for Khashoggiâs disappearance and alleged murder. In a Tuesday interview with the Associated Press, the president delivered what may be his strongest defense yet, criticizing the widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia by comparing the current situation with what Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh experienced when he was accused of sexual misconduct by three women.
âI think we have to find out what happened first,â Trump said. âYou know, here we go again with, you know, youâre guilty until proven innocent. I donât like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh. And he was innocent all the way.â (Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.)
The presidentâs comment left Noah shocked.
âAre you kidding me?â he asked incredulously. âBrett Kavanaugh? Youâre going to bring Brett Kavanaugh into this?â
Noah added, âI like how Trumpâs way of dealing with an extremely sensitive issue is to bring in another extremely sensitive issue,â likening this instance to if the president were to have Bill Cosby speak about school shootings.
But Noah, who expressed mock sympathy for âpoor Supreme Court Justice for life Brett Kavanaugh,â acknowledged that what Trump said âcaptures the truth.â
âIn many ways, this is like the Kavanaugh situati on,â he said. âTrump says he wants to find out what happened, but in reality heâs already made up his mind.â
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