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トランプは皇太子の殺害命令の有無に関わらずサウジ支持を明言

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トランプ大統領はトルコのサウジ総領事館でジャーナリスト、ジャマル・カショギが殺害された事件でこの殺害をサウジの実質的な最高権力者ムハンマド皇太子が命じたかどうかに関わらず、アメリカはサウジアラビアの側に立つとの声明を発表した。

アメリカ・ファーストと表題された奇異な声明文で大統領はサウジがイランに対する防衛線であり、アメリカから巨額の武器やその他の製品を購入していると述べ、カショギに対するおぞましい犯罪よりも重要であると続けた。

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その背景を知る:サウジはトランプ大統領誕生以来、彼の中東政策の中心にいます。彼はサウジと昨年1100億ドルの武器輸出の合意を交わし(ただ、今年10月時点でサウジはまだ145億ドル分しか購入していない)、度々この契約が持つ重要性を訴えるとともに反イランを打ち出すなど前政権とは真逆の姿勢を強化している。そして、彼の娘婿クシュナーと皇太子の個人的な関係性もこれに寄与している。

もう一つのこと:この声明は大統領が自らの中東政策の中心を維持したいとすることのみならず、この事件に皇太子が関与した可能性が極めて高いと政権側が考えていることを示唆している。

より多くのこと:CIAはカショギ殺害をムハンマド皇太子による命令と結論づけた

大統領の声明文:

The world is a very dangerous place!

The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.

After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries - and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!

The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t! That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!

I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction - and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels – so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!