Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman have developed a somewhat sketchy financial connection to Donald Trump and his family. But during an interview, bin Salman appeared to defend that financial relationship.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is the primary financial backer for LIV Golf, which has a strong relationship with Donald Trump and even plays multiple tournaments on golf courses owned by the former president. Additionally, the Public Investment Fund also invested $2 billion into a fund belonging to Jared Kushner – the son-in-law of Donald Trump.
The direct financial connection to a foreign government could be concerning if Trump is elected president in 2024, but bin Salman downplayed that notion, claiming that as long as the payments are legal, nobody should be concerned about them.
“If it’s legal, what’s the problem?” bin Salman said according to Fox News. “If it’s not legal, then, definitely, we have to work it out, but if it’s legal, what’s the problem?”
The financial connection does seem legal so far, but it’s fair for Americans to be a little bit concerned about a man running for president when a foreign government is directly investing into his and his family’s businesses.