|Trump's close friend, David Pecker, published this puff magazine about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman|
The New York Times reports:
In July, David J. Pecker, the chairman of the company that owns The National Enquirer, visited his old friend President Trump at the White House.This is very bad news and shows the depth of the influence of Saudi Arabia, and in particular bin Salman, with the Trump administration.
The tabloid publisher took along a special guest, Kacy Grine, a French businessman who advises one of Saudi Arabia’s richest men and sometimes acts as an intermediary between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Western businesses.
The two men and other Pecker associates chatted with the president in the Oval Office and briefly met with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East envoy, Jared Kushner. Before moving on to dinner with the group, the president had a photographer snap pictures of the guests standing with him behind his desk...
The outcome of Mr. Pecker’s efforts to do business with the Saudis remains unclear. But he is still working to cultivate ties. This week, he and Mr. Grine both attended events in New York featuring Prince Mohammed, who is on a tour across the United States...
Ahead of that visit, A.M.I. published a 97-page glossy magazine that is essentially a promotional brochure for Saudi Arabia and the crown prince. It makes no mention of anything troubling, like the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, human rights concerns or the crown prince’s arrest last fall of many extended royals, including Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an influential client of Mr. Grine’s.
The Real Axis of Evil, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel, appears to have a very strong bond. This will not turn out well for their common focus of hate, Iran.
At a minimum, I expect very aggressive sanctions put on Iran at worse a very serious threat of a hot war with the country, especially given that Trump's foreign policy advisers are all war hawks.