The Saudi defense minister says his country has funded as least 20% of the money that Hillary Clinton has spent during this campaign.
Mohammed bin Salman’s remarks were published and later deleted by Jordan’s official Petra News Agency. The website claimed on Tuesday that it had been hacked and that the item had been fabricated.
The report, however, has been republished by the Washington-based Institute for Persian Gulf Affairs.
“Saudi Arabia always has sponsored both the Republican and Democratic Party of America,” said Mohammed, also the Saudi deputy crown prince, who is widely known as the power behind the throne.
He suggested that the generous donations had been made to fight the opposition to the presidency of the former US secretary of state, who has already surpassed the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic Party’s nomination.
US laws forbid foreign countries from sourcing campaign funding. Nevertheless, estimates place the volume of the Saudi donation to Clinton at $42.35 million.
Riyadh has, in the past, lavished cash upon the Clinton family. Details surfaced in 2008 that Saudi Arabia had donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation “charity”.
Salman flew to Washington on Monday to discuss ways of strengthening relations with the United States. Why? Because Obama has been under pressure to declassify 28 pages of a congressional report on the September, 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed some 3,000 people.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to sell up to $750 billion in US securities and other assets if it is connected to the attacks