Trump Tweet: Speaks out on Saudi Arabia crackdown

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President Trump posted a two-part statement on Twitter Monday evening, with regards to the recent mass arrests in Saudi Arabia, which escalated Monday.

Reuters reported earlier Monday:

A campaign of mass arrests of Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and businessmen expanded on Monday after a top entrepreneur was reportedly detained in the biggest anti-corruption purge of the kingdom’s affluent elite in its modern history.

The reported arrest of Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar followed the detention of dozens of top Saudis including billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in a crackdown that the attorney general described as “phase one”.

The purge is the latest in a series of dramatic steps by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assert Saudi influence internationally and amass more power for himself at home.

Many Saudi citizens are reportedly applauding the arrests, while other critics abroad are viewing the purge as evidence of a “power-hungry leader keen to stop influential opponents” from blocking his economic reforms.

However, President Trump expressed support for Saudi Arabia Monday, tweeting, “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing…. Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!”

Reuters concluded an exclusive report with the following:

The crown prince has also led Saudi Arabia into a two-year-old war in Yemen, where the government says it is fighting Iran-aligned militants, and into a dispute with Qatar, which it accuses of backing terrorists, a charge Doha denies. Detractors of the crown prince say both moves are dangerous adventurism.

The Saudi-led military coalition said on Monday it would temporarily close all air, land and sea ports to Yemen to stem the flow of arms from Iran to Houthi rebels after a missile fired toward Riyadh was intercepted over the weekend.

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