Never-Trumper Max Boot revealed that an intelligence report about the conversations between Jared Kushner and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman tipped the country off that neither Jared Kushner nor Donald Trump had any clue what was going on.
“The impression from that report is that the Saudis have played Kushner and Donald Trump for suckers,” Boot told CNN host Ana Cabrera. “There was even a slide quoted in that report, the Saudi report, that they were saying that Jared Kushner revealed his lack of familiarity with U.S.-Saudi relations. And, essentially the Saudis took advantage of that to feed a line to Kushner.”
Boot thinks the Saudis did it hoping they’d score a “blank check” from Trump and the U.S. In return, they promised to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Saudis. The U.S. has delivered — the Saudis have not.
“So, I don’t see any reason why the administration is going to change course now,” Boot said, noting it’s Congress that must act now.
Boot explained that the money Trump says the U.S. is making off of an arms deal isn’t all that good of a deal and that he keeps inflating the amount the country will garner.
“It is not a credible defense because as we have been pointing out, as newspapers and television networks have been pointing out, the benefits that Donald Trump claims for U.S./Saudi relationship are vastly exaggerated,” Boot said. “I was interested to read that New York Times report story where the Saudis basically sold Trump on the idea of buying $50 billion worth of U.S. weapons. In fact, they are only buying about $14 billion. But then Trump and Kushner decided to inflate it and claim it is actually $110 billion. They might as well claim it is a trillion dollars; it is all nonsense. It is just not true.”
Watch Boot’s full take below: