Prominent evangelical leader on Khashoggi crisis: let’s not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales” Pat Robertson urged caution over US-Saudi relations
Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, appeared on its flagship television show The 700 Club on Monday to caution Americans against allowing the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia to deteriorate over Khashoggi’s death.
While he called the faith of the Wahabists — the hardline Islamist sect to which the Saudi Royal Family belongs — “obnoxious,” he urged viewers to remember that “we’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of…it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers.
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and longtime critic of the Saudi Royal Family, was a permanent resident of the United States, where he moved after determining that it was unsafe to remain in his home country.
Trump has previously praised Saudis as spending “$40 or $50 million” buying Trump properties, and members of the Royal Family have frequently stayed in Trump properties, or in one case, paid to stay without actually turning up, a move that significantly improved the Trump Hotel International’s annual revenue.