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Trump Was Just Abandoned By Two People On His Side And He’s Furious

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President Donald Trump is, of course, known for being a wildly divisive figure in American and international politics. That shouldn’t be a surprise, given that he is both the leader of the free world and the man who boasts about sexually assaulting women and takes pride in his casual xenophobia.

Nonetheless, one group he has pretty much always been able to rely on is the Republican party. There are always some critical voices surrounding a controversial figure like Trump but, broadly, the GOP base has been somewhere he can go when he needs some shoring up of support. That’s why he spent so much of the past few months employing every campaign tactic he could think of to get as many Republicans in Congress as possible.

However, recent reports which will make extremely troubling reading for the President and all his cronies at the White House suggest that that may have all been in vain. Further, senior Republicans might turn out to be the biggest obstacles to Trump implementing his policies. Some of them have just broken with his position publicly. And on a key issue, too.

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Susan Collins just suggested that Trump may have got his foreign policy wrong with regards to Saudi Arabia. These are two key allies of the President, so their bold move will be very worrying for him. For instance, they were both instrumental in pushing through the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. When a similarly contentious and closely fought issue next arises, Trump might find himself without the support he needs to get his way.

Graham and Collins reacted with great disdain to the way the President dealt with recent affairs regarding Saudi Arabia. It is widely believed that the late Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Turkey, but Trump’s rebuke of the Saudis has not been forthcoming.

The two key Senators have both suggested openly that Congress may need to take tougher action than the President has advocated, especially in light of the recent announcement from the CIA that it has “high confidence” that Bin Salman was, in fact, responsible for Khashoggi’s untimely death.

Trump has expressed doubts over the CIA’s findings: “maybe” the Saudi Crown Prince ordered the killing, but “maybe he didn’t”, the President said. He praised the country as an ally and called them a “steadfast partner”, which implies he won’t be changing tack any time soon, putting him on an inevitable collision course with his own Senators.


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