Release Tax Returns

Editor, News-Register:

I, as many, find puzzling President Trump’s response, or lack of, to the murder and subsequent dismemberment of Saudi native and legal United States resident, Jamal Khashoggi who was an esteemed columnist for “The Washington Post,” by the government of Saudi Crown Prince Mehammad bin Salmon in October 2018 at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul Turkey, in spite of what appears to be irrefutable evidence as substantiated by the U.S. Central Intelligencer Agency in the crown prince’s culpability.

A recent intelligence briefing on this matter of grave concern by CIA Director Gina Haspel convincingly informed U.S. senators that our nation’s chief international intelligence agency had concluded that indeed it was the Saudi crown prince who had ordered the assassination of Mr. Khashoggi and as a result of the very convincing briefing,

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee stated, “If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes” and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham remarked, “You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi.”

But in spite of what appears to be overwhelming evidence, President Trump incredibly remains unconvinced and uncommittal regarding the role of the crown prince in this disturbing incident, stating: “Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t” while adding that Saudi Arabia has been a “great ally” to the U.S., while also seemingly ignoring the multiple atrocities that the Saudis have committed in their war in Yemen and that they have imprisoned a great number of dissidents, as well.

Perhaps such may be a result of our president’s antipathy and aversion to the American media with Mr. Khashoggi’s former employer, The Washington Post often times being the object of his derision or that over the years our current president has had an extremely lucrative relationship with the Saudi government. He said at one point that, “they have apartments from me. They spend 40 million, 50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them?” In addition, it has been reported that the Saudis have poured moneyinto his hotels, which continues to this day.

In addition, it has been well documented that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and respected adviser, has long had a “very close” relationship with the Saudi crown prince.

It is simply becoming more obvious that President Trump should now finally be compelled to release his income tax returns for public scrutiny, as have literally all such others before him for the sake of transparency throughout our history, as quite possibly such may help explain his concerning attitude.

It is most troubling that indeed, often times it seems to appear that President Trump may well prioritize his personal interests over those of our great nation, which he serves as our 45th president.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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