WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide material and logistical assistance to President Donald J. Trump’s re-election campaign as part of a deal brokered by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a spokesperson for the Trump 2020 re-election campaign confirmed on Thursday.
According to the terms of the deal, intelligence assets operating out of the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C. will do “whatever necessary within the confines of Saudi law” to ensure a Trump victory in 2020. In exchange, the Trump administration will grant Saudi Arabia a twenty-five percent discount on arms sales through 2050 – a move that is sure to strengthen President Trump’s increasingly intimate relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
While campaign officials declined to elaborate on the nature of Saudi support, an aide to White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, who was present during talks with Saudi officials, told Real News Right Now that agents from the General Investigation Directorate, or Mabahith, have already begun providing campaign officials with information on Mr. Trump’s opponents in the U.S. media.
“They’ve been instructed to neutralize any potential troublemakers before they can exercise their potential to spread disinformation about the president,” the aide explained, adding that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman fulfilled a personal request from President Trump to use the team tasked with silencing Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in October of 2018. “This isn’t your run-of-the-mill opposition research team; we’re talking about an extremely capable group of individuals,” the aide said.
Tim Murtaugh, who serves as communications director for the Trump 2020 presidential campaign, told The Washington Times that campaign officials working in conjunction with Saudi embassy staff have established an “unofficial joint operations center” at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. A short walk from the White House, the luxurious 5-star hotel is considered a “safe haven” for administration officials, Trump supporters, and like-minded diplomats. The communications director said hotel security has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to prevent audio and video surveillance. “It’s probably the only hotel in the world that is completely unbuggable,” Murtaugh noted.
In an ABC News interview airing this week, President Trump said he would not report election assistance from a foreign adversary to the FBI. “It’s called oppo research,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. He later clarified his statement, saying he would report it if the information provided turned out to be “incorrect.”