Poor Donald J. Trump. The President has had a tough few weeks, with controversy surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination, and midterm election battles ensuring he hasn’t been able to sleep easy at night (although it may be the forty Diet Cokes coursing through his tired veins).
But things aren’t about to get any easier. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has just informed Donald that he was partly responsible for the death of dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Far from harming relations between the two countries, it seems Trump’s biggest reaction to the news has been jealousy.
‘Aw man, no fair! I want to kill so many journalists. It’d be so fun. Just a bit of killing, bit of good times.’
‘Honestly, pretty fucked that you get to do it, and I don’t. Doesn’t seem very fair, Mr Salmon,’ said the 45th and current President of the free world.
Presumably Mr Trump is comparing the US and Saudi Arabia’s differing opinions on the freedom of journalists. At least in principle, the US believes journalists should be free to criticize public figures, with ruthless integrity central to their job. Saudi Arabia reportedly believes in the freedom of journalists to be murdered whenever it is so desired by criticized public figures. So in a sense, it’s a little more of a negative freedom/right, like the implied right to freedom of political communication.
Unfortunately, Trump is feeling like a real dingus that the Saudi leader gets all this cool shit, and he doesn’t. Apparently, Trump said to a key aide ‘...he even gets to wear that kick-ass tea towel on his head! Yeet!’
Truly, always a fascinating time to be part of The Obiter’s White House reporting team.