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ABC’s The View co-host Sara Haines suggested on Friday that Saudi Arabia would run to Iran if it felt let down by the United States, even though the two Middle Eastern countries have long been enemies and are religious rivals.
On Thursday, former President Trump came under fire after telling a reporter during an exchange at a Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament at his Bedminster, N.J., club that “nobody uses the 11, critics argue.” Saudi Arabia used the venue to recalibrate its public image following the 2018 killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The View co-host Ana Navarro has claimed that Trump has ignored the pleas of the families of 9/11 victims.
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Haines then interjected, claiming that the US had indeed arrived at an investigation into the 2001 attack that partially implicated Saudi Arabia in addition to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, and that Trump’s decision was “all about money.”
“This isn’t usually a friendly area with allies,” Haines said. “It’s a fortress position that we need, not just for energy and economics, but if we oust Saudi Arabia, they run to China or they run to Iran. Both places are central to international and global relations.”
“No one ever accused The View of being geopolitical geniuses,” tweeted Nicholas Fondacaro, NewsBusters co-editor, flagging the comment.
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Iran and Saudi Arabia, both Islamic theocracies but distinct sects, have had no diplomatic ties since the 2016 attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran following the Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly stressed that Iran poses the greatest threat to stability in the Middle East. The kingdom often cites Iran’s nuclear program and the funding of proxy militant groups across the region as causes for concern.
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