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ABC’s ‘The View’ co-host Sara Haines suggested on Friday that Saudi Arabia would rush to Iran if it felt abandoned by the United States, despite the fact that the two Middle Eastern countries Orient are longtime enemies and religious rivals.
Former President Trump came under fire on Thursday after telling a reporter that ‘nobody got to the bottom of 9/11’ during an exchange at a Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament in his Bedminster, NJ club The tournament has come under intense scrutiny, as critics say Saudi Arabia is using the venue to reorient its public image after the 2018 killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi .
‘The View’ co-host Ana Navarro claimed that Trump was ignoring appeals from families of 9/11 victims by going ahead with the event, and that he was doing so for ‘no other reason’ than to its own benefit.
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Haines then intervened, saying that the United States had in fact reached an investigative conclusion into the 2001 attack, which partly implicated Saudi Arabia in addition to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, and that the decision to Trump was “all about the money”.
“It’s usually not a friendly zone with allies,” Haines said. “It’s a fortress position that we needed, not only for energy and the economy, but when we push Saudi Arabia back, they run to China, or they run to Iran. Both places are essential for international and global relations.”
“No one has ever accused The View of being geopolitical geniuses,” tweeted Nicholas Fondacaro, associate editor of NewsBusters, who flagged the comment.
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Iran and Saudi Arabia, two Islamic theocracies but from different sects, have not maintained diplomatic relations since the 2016 bombing of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, following the Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr al -Nimr.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly stressed that Iran is the greatest threat to stability in the Middle East. The Kingdom often cites Iran’s nuclear program and the funding of proxies for militant groups across the region as a source of concern.
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