Shortly after 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld made the decision to remove US troops from Saudi Arabia and return the remaining bases we had there back to the Saudi government, citing unrest in the region. Security would have been nearly impossible.
That’s the last anyone has heard about US military bases in the Arab nation other than some buzz from the BBC a few years back about a possible unmanned drone airstrip. Until today, that is. Donald Trump, speaking at a campaign event in Colorado Springs, mentioned how giving money to Saudi Arabia wasn’t going to help make America great again. Trump contends that if we’re going to have bases in Saudi Arabia to aid them with “protection,” we shouldn’t have to pay rent:
Trump is now complaining "we pay rent for our base to Saudi Arabia"
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 29, 2016
That poses a serious issue, as the Middle East columnist for the Wall Street Journal pointed out:
If there is now a US military base in Saudi, it is classified and mentioning it should have legal consequences. https://t.co/LgEeMXkV7M
— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) July 29, 2016
Being that Trump has never mentioned the issue before and today was the first day he received classified briefings, it brings the question, Is Donald Trump really that stupid? Is he seriously willing to risk the integrity of our intelligence and the safety of our soldiers for a good soundbyte?
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The answer, of course, is yes. Trump only cares about trump. So far this is speculation. Trump may very well just be inventing things again, but the timing and the sensitive subject matter make it awfully suspicious to say the least. Gopocalypse will keep you updated one way or the other.
**UPDATE** One site has retracted this story. That site reported it as a matter-of-fact piece of news and NOT speculation. As of now (7-31-2016, 8:30AM) There has been no word from any source to confirm or deny that Trump received briefings. In any case, there are only two possible outcomes: Trump received briefings and leaked classified info, or…he’s just really stupid. Either way, we’re happy to keep you updated.
**UPDATE** OK, so Snopes says there’s no proof that Trump received an intelligence briefing. They also say he’s complained about aid to the middle east before, specifically Saudi Arabia. That doesn’t seem to be the same thing as specifying military bases, but since the only way to confirm the existence of secret bases for him to cry about is to out secret bases, we will instead retract anything about this story that was anything other than speculation. Sorry it didn’t pan out, we really wanted to see him go down for it, too.
We will, however, stick with the contention that Donald Trump is, in fact, extremely stupid. It’s what made this so believable to begin with.