The question is, why?
As is the case with almost all of Trump's actions, the answer lies with personal self-interest, greed & corruption. /1
Crown Prince MBS holds de facto power; the King is senile.
The New Yorker asked, "In his work w/the WH, is MBS driving out extremism, or merely seizing power for himself?" /2
A source w/deep knowledge of Saudi politics told us, "His initiatives have been in the right direction, but he's ruthless & the rule of law isn't on his radar." /3
But MBS has cleverly been riding that domestic hunger for reform in order to consolidate personal power within Saudi.
Enter Jared Kushner. /4
Sources say they have a "very special and close relationship."
This alliance has significant consequences for the region. /5
Between MBS, Trump & Netanyahu, risk of violent conflict w/Iran is at a fever pitch.
W/domestic corruption issues in all 3 countries, a "Wag the Dog" scenario isn't implausible. /8
Understand greed & power, & the Saudi/Trump relationship is clear as day. /X