Over the weekend, Jared Kushner was credited with negotiating the largest arms deal in US history. The same weekend, Saudi announced a $100 million
bribe donation to Ivanka Trump’s “charity”.
The deal was finalized in part thanks to the direct involvement of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior adviser. He shocked a high-level Saudi delegation earlier this month when he personally called Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and asked if she would cut the price of a sophisticated missile detection system, according to a source with knowledge of the call.
Pressured to finalize a massive $100-plus billion arms deal in the two weeks leading up to Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Kushner hoped to maneuver a discount on Lockheed’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system during the Saudis’ visit to the White House on May 1 — a request that Hewson said she would look into at the time.
It may seem strange to see Saudi Arabia donating to a “women’s fund”, but they have also agreed to donate $100 million to the women’s fund inspired by Jared Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump. This is especially strange given the long history of oppressing women in the country. The only way this donation does not seem ridiculous is if we consider it a bribe rather than a donation.
The World Bank plans to announce Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses, according to people familiar with the announcement.
What would actually help women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is if they had rights. If they were considered equal to men, if they were allowed to drive, or go out in public without a male companion.
$100 million is a huge kick starter for a vaguely defined fund created by the President’s daughter? Vanity Fair questioned the fund’s intent last month when the fund first came to light:
Others disputed that characterization. A White House official stressed to The Washington Post that while Ivanka helped inspire the idea, she will not be involved in soliciting funds. “This is not a White House fund. This is not something that she will have any authority over in any way,” the official said. The initiative was first mentioned publicly by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the panel, though a Trump administration official credited Ivanka for raising the idea during a meeting with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Of course we should not believe the donations are in any way tied to the White House, that would be crazy, right? It is just a coincidence the $100 million dollar donation is being made the same weekend a $110 billion arms deal is announced. Ivanka Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia as an ‘Assistant to the President of the United States,’ but that doesn’t matter, right?
It is definitely worth noting Donald Trump’s hypocritical reaction when the Saudis donated to the Clinton Foundation. From October 2016:
When Chris Wallace asked Clinton about reports of conflicts of interest at the foundation, she responded, “I’m thrilled to talk about the Clinton Foundation because it is a world renowned charity and I’m so proud of the work that it does.”
Trump shot in that it’s a “criminal enterprise.”
“Saudi Arabia given $25 million, Qatar, all of these countries. You talk about women and women’s rights? These are people that push gays off business, off buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly and yet you take their money,” Trump said. “So I’d like to ask you right now why don’t you give back the money that you’ve taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly?
White House spokesman Sean Spicer is advertising the
bribe donation, which we must remember has nothing to do with the White House. Below is a screenshot of the tweet, which will likely disappear if an investigation on the corruption begins.
Meanwhile in good old women oppressing Saudi:
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) May 21, 2017
The hypocrisy and corruption are out of control. Is there really anyone dumb enough to believe this donation is anything more than a bribe? Ivanka wasn’t even allowed to have females at her female empowerment speech, but she really thinks the Saudi leaders want to donate $100 million to help women?
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)