Trump sucks up to the Saudis after its discovered they caused the Florida Naval Base shooting on Friday
Shortly after it was discovered that Friday's shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida was caused by a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military, President Donald Trump sympathized with the Saudi royal family:
“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”
Not only did Trump not condemn the Saudis, but he also showed little or no outrage for the three people that were killed, and the eight injured publicly.
Ned Price, a former CIA officer who served on the National Security Council, blasted him for it:
“Imagine if the attacker had been Iranian, a refugee, or an undocumented immigrant — the response would be very different. We have a president who contours policy responses to his own interests. It’s always personal interests before national interests — even in times of tragedy.”
Mieke Eoyang, vice president of national security think tank Third Way, thinks Trumps head might be in the wrong place entirely:
“There may be snarky responses to Trump’s tweets about the call with King Salman. I will not make them. Let me just say: I hope the President has more concern and time for the loved ones of those killed than he did for the King.”
Trump claims he spoke to the King personally by phone and is declining to call the shooting an act of terrorism even though a report on the incident hasn't been generated yet by authorities.
Law enforcement officials say the shooter was a member of the Saudi Air Force and had been receiving training at the Naval base.
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, trying not to criticize Trump who backed him in the last election, did however come out against the Saudis, saying they were responsible:
“The government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. He went on to say that they are “going to owe a debt here given that it was one of their individuals.”