Mod: There are those who have never found it in themselves to forgive Saudi Arabia for the role it played in the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York. I number among them. And it used to be that Donald Trump would have agreed with me. But as it is with many things concerning the Orange One, that has now radically changed. Here is how the UK news organization The Independent describes his one time animus to the homeland of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and what happened there this week.
Donald Trump signs $110 billion arms deal with nation he accused of masterminding 9/11 (The Independent link): Donald Trump has signed the largest arms deal in history with Saudi Arabia despite warnings he could be accused of being complicit in war crimes and after blaming Saudi Arabia himself for producing the terrorists behind 9/11.
The President confirmed he had signed a weapons deal with the Saudis worth $109.7 billion, predicted to grow to a $380 billion Saudi investment within 10 years, during his first trip abroad since his Inauguration.
Mr Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the deal was positive news for American employment and the economy.
Yet a February Gallup poll found that Saudi Arabia is one of the least liked countries by Americans, only slightly less than Russia.
The deal would also appear hypocritical after the President publicly accused the Saudis of masterminding the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001.
After his election, Mr Trump said Saudi Arabia should be banned from exporting oil to the US, and has accused the country of killing gay people and enslaving women.
Mod: As we know, with Trump money changes anything. Even when it comes to America's enemies. As we have all seen with Vladimir Putin and Russian organized crime, apparently for The Donald there is no fanny too evil that he won't kiss for a few bucks.
Donald Trump appears to 'curtsey' to Saudi king after mocking Barack Obama for bowing (The Independent link): Donald Trump has been accused of hypocrisy after appearing to "curtsey" while receiving a gold medal from the king of Saudi Arabia.
Back in 2012, Mr Trump criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for bowing to foreign leaders, including then-Saudi King Abdullah.
But he bowed his head while receiving the country's highest civilian honor on Saturday, the Collar of King Abdulaziz al-Saud.
After King Salman placed the chain around his neck, the President performed a small dip widely interpreted as a curtsey by observers.
One Twitter user commented: "Unlike Obama, Trump refuses to debase himself by bowing before a king. Diplomat that he is, he deftly opts instead for a half-curtsey."
Outraged conservatives also chastised Mr Obama for bowing to the Saudi king, contending that the leader of the free world must not bend over to foreigners.
Mod: Funny how these "outraged conservatives" are fine and dandy with Trump's degrading and now infamous curtsey. But that's just how things seem to be going these days with many of our leading so-called "patriots."