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Trump boasted he helped Saudi Crown Prince ‘cover up’ brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi: Woodward book

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US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- shown here at the White House in 2017. (AFP/File / NICHOLAS KAMM)

Among the 18 interviews with veteran reporter Bob Woodward, President Donald Trump admitted that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud after the murder and coverup of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashogi.

BusinessInsider posted the excerpt Thursday from the book in which Trump bragged he “saved his ass,” from Congress. “I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop.”

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In the wake of Khashoggi’s murder, Trump went around Congress to sell $8 billion in weapons to the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates because there were protests by officials against rewarding the Crown Prince

“The people at the Post are upset about the Khashoggi killing,” Woodward told Trump in a Jan. 22 interview. “That is one of the most gruesome things. You yourself have said.”

“Yeah, but Iran is killing 36 people a day, so —” Trump interrupted before Woodward pivoted back to talking about Khashoggi’s murder.

“Well, I understand what you’re saying, and I’ve gotten involved very much. I know everything about the whole situation,” boasted Trump.

“He will always say that he didn’t do it,” Trump said of MBS. “He says that to everybody, and frankly I’m happy that he says that. But he will say that to you, he will say that to Congress, and he will say that to everybody. He’s never said he did it.”

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“Do you believe that he did it?” Woodward asked.

“No, he says that he didn’t do it,” Trump said.

“I know, but do you really believe —” Woodward began, but Trump cut him off.

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“He says very strongly that he didn’t do it. Bob, they spent $400 billion over a fairly short period of time,” the president said. “And you know, they’re in the Middle East. You know, they’re big. Because of their religious monuments, you know, they have the real power. They have the oil, but they also have the great monuments for religion. You know that, right? For that religion.”

The comment was reminiscent of the comments Trump made in Helsinki when Russian President Vladimir Putin told Trump he didn’t hack the 2016 election.

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I see no reason why it would be,” Trump said when asked by reporters about it. Trump later said he misspoke.

Read the full report by BusinessInsider.


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Fake Village People appear on SNL to tell Trump to stop using their music or they’ll shave Ivanka’s head

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The fake Village People made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live" to tell President Donald Trump to stop using their music at his rallies or they'll shave Ivanka Trump's head.

"If you have been watching the Trump rallies, you probably noticed Trump dancing to The Village People," said Colin Jost during the Weekend Update segment. "If you haven't, let's take a look."

He explained that the Village People had their own special message for the president. The group of SNL cast members came out dressed in traditional Village People outfits and sang their cease and desist for the president.

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SNL does campaign ad asking what they’ll do without Trump to trash — then they have a revelation

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"What is the news even going to be about now?" the Saturday Night Life cast joked, saying that without President Donald Trump.

The fake ad began saying that everyone knows it could be the most important election of our lives.

"And the two choices couldn't be more different," the ad continues. "Do we want four more years of Donald Trump or a fresh start with Joe Biden? Can we survive four more years of scandal, name-calling, and racial division? Or do we want a leader who unites the country? I want to vote for Biden because he's better, smarter. better and better."

But, the cast members confessed, "I'm worried, because if Donald Trump isn't president -- when what are they going to talk about? Like, what would our conversations even be? Because the only thing I talked about for four years is Donald Trump. Every single day I tell someone, 'Can you believe what Trump just said?' My entire personality is hating Donald Trump. If he's gone, what am I supposed to do? Focus on my kids again? No thanks. He changed the game. He called the attorney general he appointed mentally retarded. That's some next-level sh*t!"

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Saturday Night Live’s Trump claims his secret COVID-19 plan is ‘under audit just like my taxes’

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"Saturday Night Live" began this week's show with a recap of the presidential debate showing President Donald Trump confusing Kirsten Welker with Hoda Kotb, Mindy Lahiri, and at one point, even a waitress.

Alec Baldwin explained that the coronavirus loved him so much that it didn't want to leave his body because it was so beautiful.

He also explained that he couldn't share his coronavirus plan because it was still under audit like his taxes.

Jim Cary toned down his portrayal of Joe Biden from last week's over-the-top yell-fest.

"Learning to live with it? We're learning to die with it, man!" said the fake Biden, quoting the real Biden, but with a glint of Clint Eastwood.

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