QATAR PAID $1 BILLION RANSOM FOR ROYAL FAMILY KIDNAPPED BY IRANIAN OFFICIALS & AL QAEDA, SAUDI NOT HAPPY
Joe Simonson | HeatStreet
Some royal Qatari bros were just having a day out with the boys and their falcons when a bunch of unchill al Qaeda affiliates and Iranian security officials decided to kidnap them in the middle of a casual hunting trip in Iraq, according to a new report from the Financial Times.
When asked to comment, Qatari officials denied the allegations and said the recent blockade is “founded on allegations that have no basis in fact.” The ransom payment has been described as directly funding regional and international terrorists.
Sources for the FT say $700 million went to Iranian figures and regional Shia militias, while $200 to $300 million went to Syrian Islamist groups, with the majority going to Tahir al-Sham, a group tied to al Qaeda.
Although the kidnapping happened back in 2015, the deal was not finalized until last April.
Gotta side with Qatar here. If you’re out with your homies hunting God-knows-what in the Iraqi desert and get abducted by some terrorists, you gotta be relying on your boys to bail you out. The bro code is international: If you get arrested after getting too rowdy in a bar, you expect your friends to bail you out.
All right, now, here’s an example of I think a pretty significant achievement, at least effort, and a fake news attempt to destroy it. Story from the Wall Street Journal: “Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund — Donation announced at event with Ivanka Trump, an advocate for businesswomen who proposed the fund.”
…Journalists are spreading fake news about Ivanka Trump on this particular issue. It was big on Twitter over the weekend. It was totally fake news.
There is no Ivanka fund. Neither she nor her family manage, benefit, or have any control over this fund that they are setting up. It is totally unlike the Clinton family and its foundation. The money will actually go toward a fund called Women Entrepreneurs Fund, which is run by the World Bank. It’s not gonna be run by Ivanka. Now, look, I know, we can talk about it being run by the World Bank. My point here is that this is something that no previous president has really seriously tried, is to tackle the cultural inequality that exists in this part of the world.
The fake news on Twitter was that Ivanka Trump was engaged in pay-to-play with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Stored it in the Wall Street Journal story I just headlined for you. “Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. pledge a hundred million dollars to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund.” It says that Ivanka proposed the creation of the fund, but she didn’t.
She doesn’t control it. She doesn’t raise money for it. Some were even tweeting that its name was Ivanka’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund. Reporters picked up that tweet; CNN wrote that this is virtually identical to what Trump and others in the GOP criticized the Clinton Foundation for. It’s not even close. So there has been an attempt at fake news, but it blew up.
Saudi Arabian newspaper headline: Classy and conservative: US First Lady Melania Trump praised for ‘elegantly respectful’ KSA look
According to Arab News that circulated a special English edition of their newspaper , the women are now imitating Melania’s abaya fashion:
The loose outfit almost resembled the traditional black abaya — a loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress — worn by Saudi women.
The simple black look was decorated with a chunky, chain-link necklace and statement metallic python waist belt from Saint Laurent.
Saudi women already began posting images of themselves wearing “Melania-style” abayas.
Jeddah-based Nahed Andijani, owner of Trendy Sketch PR, shared a picture of her abaya, which looks almost the same — all black with a golden rose in the middle.
“When I saw her arrival pictures wearing a modest outfit respecting our culture, I was like ‘this looks so much like my abaya!’ ” Andijani told Arab News. “She wore a golden belt, while I wore a golden rose but still look so much alike.”
Andijani expressed her excitement that she shares the same fashion taste, as the first lady has “a very high sense of fashion.”
FEARLESS TRUMP BLASTS ISLAMIC TERRORISTS IN FRONT OF 50 MUSLIM LEADERS: ‘DRIVE THEM OUT OF YOUR HOLY LAND!’
- Donald Trump: ‘Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death,’If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result.”
- Donald Trump:” Drive them out. Drive them out of your praises of worship. Drive them out of your communities. them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth.’
Donald Trump just gave a fearless anti-Islamic jihadist speech in front of 50 Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia. Trump told the leaders to address global ‘Islamic extremism’ and they must scare would-be terrorists into submission, warning them about the impact suicide bombings will have on their immortal souls.
‘Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity,’ Trump said in a sumptuous Saudi ballroom that put Mar-a-Lago to shame.
‘If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned,’ he said.
‘Heroes don’t kill innocents,’ a confident Trump declared at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. ‘They save them.’
The president urged 55 world leaders from Arab and other Muslim nations to ‘drive out’ terrorists from every corner of their lives – including mosques – in a zero-tolerance approach that lines up with his 2016 campaign rhetoric.
‘Drive them out!’ he said. ‘Drive them out of your places of worship, Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy lands, and drive them out of this earth,’ he trumpeted.
‘With God’s help this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed,’ the president said.
Trump insisted that fighting terrorism is ‘a battle between good and evil,’ not between ‘different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.’
‘Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death,’ Trump declared. ‘If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result.‘
He predicted that in the absence of multi-nation commitments to action, ‘peaceful societies will be engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered.’
And if the world doesn’t unite to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and other groups, he said, ‘not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, we will be judged by God.’
President Donald Trump received Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor within hours of touching down in the Middle Eastern kingdom.
King Salman placed the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar around Trump’s neck during a ceremony in the country’s capital, Riyadh – the first stop on the US President’s nine-day, five-country tour.
- “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
- $110 billion arms deal is part of larger, $350 billion economic package between the ally nations
- President Donald J. Trump on Saturday began his first overseas trip as president with a stop in Saudi Arabia, calling the visit a “tremendous day.”
( Fox News ) President Trump on Saturday began his first overseas trip as president with a stop in Saudi Arabia, calling the visit a “tremendous day” and pledging to work with leader King Salman to bring peace to the Gulf region and forge stronger economic ties, in large part through a roughly $110 billion arms deal.
“That was a tremendous day,” Trump said shortly after signing the arms deal. “Tremendous investments in the United States and our military. Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
The arms deal is part of larger, $350 billion economic package between the ally nations.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump were greeted in Saudi Arabia at the airport by 81-year King Salman, in a red carpet ceremony that also included a military flyover in which several jets left red, white and blue streamers.
Trump called his visit to Saudi Arabia “a great honor” and joined the king in a brief coffee ceremony at the airport terminal before heading to his hotel and other official events of the day.
After signing the deal and talking with top Saudi leaders, Trump and the first lady are scheduled to participate in a royal banquet dinner and a museum tour at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh.
Before the dinner, Trump participated in a traditional Saudi “war dance,” performed this time to celebrate the countries’ renewed friendship.
Trump is also scheduled to make a major speech Sunday in which he’s expected to show support for America’s Persian Gulf allies, a likely reset after months of talk about Muslim extremism.
Hey liberals, jealous yet? President Trump is getting a royal treatment from King Salman of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
President Donald Trump was also having fun Saudi way! He was spotted swaying and smiling as he stood shoulder to shoulder with Saudis for the ceremonial sword dance on Saturday.
Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also joined the group as they linked arms with the men next to them and awkwardly danced to the drum beats as they held their swords.
The dance took place outside the King Abdulaziz Historical Center as First Lady Melania Trump, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka watched on.
While Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon also made a brief appearance, they didn’t appear to join in the ceremonial dancing.
Trump and his team of advisers held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef on Saturday
Pictures of Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman are projected on the front of the Ritz-Carlton, where Trump is staying in Riyadh
Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (right) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (left) were more inclined to get involved as they linked arms and awkwardly danced to the drum beats while holding their swords