Trump supporter and financier Tom Barrack said on Tuesday that America has no moral standing to criticize Saudi Arabia, after he was asked by a reporter about the country’s reputational damage after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to Gulf News, Barrack was speaking on stage at the Milken Institute MENA Summit in Abu Dhabi when CNN’s Becky Anderson asked her question.
With regards to the murder of journalist Khashoggi, Barrack said that “whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal, or worse ...”
“The atrocities in any ... country are dictated by the rule of law,” he continued. “So for us to dictate what we think is the moral code there, when we have a young man and regime that is trying to push themselves into 2030, I think is a mistake.”
He then went on to say that the West simply fails to understand how the kingdom works, offering a vigorous defense of Saudi Arabia:
“The problem that has happened with the Khashoggi incident,” he said, “is the same problem with the West misunderstanding the east that has existed since Sykes-Picot.”
“So, the West is confused, it doesn’t understand the rule of law in the kingdom, it doesn’t understand what succession in the kingdom is, it doesn’t understand how there can be a dilemma with a population that has 60 per cent of people under the age of 20.”
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Riyadh represented some of the “most organised leadership regimes” in the world, he added.