President Donald Trump got his holiday tweet-a-thon rolling early Thursday with a Thanksgiving Day reminder that it’s a “mean & nasty world out there” before he accused some judges of making the country unsafe.
In a tweet at 6:58 a.m. from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the president quoted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, underscoring that the grim state of the world applies “in particular” to the Middle East.
Our highly trained security professionals are not allowed to do their job on the Border because of the Judicial Activism and Interference by the 9th Circuit. Nevertheless, they are working hard to make America a safer place, though hard to do when anybody filing a lawsuit wins!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
Without mentioning his decision Wednesday to not let the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi interfere with U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Trump pointed to Pompeo’s reference to a “long and historic commitment” with the Saudis, adding that it is “absolutely vital to America’s national security.”
Noting his “100%” agreement with his secretary of state, the president said “many Billions of Dollars of purchases made in U.S., big Jobs & Oil!”
The president has taken widespread criticism, including from Republican senators, over his response – “it is what it is” – to the killing Oct. 2 of the U.S.-based journalist and the suspected involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.