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ABC’s “The View” co-host Sara Haines suggested Friday that Saudi Arabia would run to Iran if it felt abandoned by the United States, despite the two Middle Eastern countries being longtime enemies and religious rivals.
On Thursday, former President Trump came under fire after telling a reporter that “no one has gotten to the bottom of 9/11” during an exchange at a Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament at his club in Bedminster, NJ. The tournament has been scrutinized intensely. , as critics claim Saudi Arabia is using the venue to reorient its public image following the 2018 killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“The View” co-host Ana Navarro claimed that Trump ignored the pleas of the families of the 9/11 victims by going ahead with the event, and did so for “no other reason” than to serve himself.
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Haines then stepped in, claiming that the US had indeed reached an investigative conclusion about the 2001 attack, which partly implicated Saudi Arabia in addition to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, and that Trump’s decision was “all about money”.
“This is not a friendly area usually with allies,” Haines said. “It is a stronghold position we have needed, not only for energy and economy, but when we push Saudi Arabia away they run to China, or they run to Iran. Both places are central to international and global relations.”
“No one has ever accused The View of being geopolitical geniuses,” tweeted NewsBuster’s associate editor Nicholas Fondacaro, who flagged the comment.
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Iran and Saudi Arabia, both Islamic theocracies but from different sects, have had no diplomatic relations since the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran in 2016, following the Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly emphasized that Iran is the biggest threat to stability in the Middle East. The kingdom often cites Iran’s nuclear program and funding of militant proxy groups throughout the region as cause for alarm.
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