Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal made headlines last week when he criticized Donald Trump for his proposed pause in Muslim immigration. However, it wasn’t long before The Donald struck back via a tweet, and in nine words, he managed to destroy the prince’s entire argument.
Like other Muslims who were infuriated by Trump’s words, Bin Talal took to social networking to respond to Trump. In a Twitter posting Friday, he called Trump “a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.”
“Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win,” Bin Talal demanded.
Trump, as Trump tends to do, got the last laugh via a brilliant retweet:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2015
“Has your country, Saudi Arabia, taken ANY of the Syrian refugees?” the tweet read. “If not, why not?”
Indeed, while other countries throughout Europe and the Western world have taken in a great number of Syrian refugees, Saudi Arabia — a decidedly Muslim nation if there ever was one — has taken in zero.
While the exact reason hasn’t been given by any of these countries, it’s pretty evident why they wouldn’t accept the refugees — fears about terrorism. However, when Americans have those same fears, they’re somehow racist — who knew?
Trump also struck back at Bin Talal’s attempts to buy into American politics, tweeting that the Saudi prince “wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected.”
Bin Talal isn’t a stranger to electoral controversy within the United States. When the Saudi prince — listed as the world’s 34th richest man, worth almost $25 billion — tried to cut a check to New York City in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he was rebuffed by New York’s then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for his previous comments on Israel.
“I believe the government of the United States should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause,” Bin Talal said. “Our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered by the Israelis while the world turns the other check.”
Giuliani called Bin Talal’s remarks “highly irresponsible and very, very dangerous.”
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