Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, an advisor to Deputy Crown Prince Salman al Saud of Saudi Arabia, appeared with Bret Baier for an interview to discuss the Deputy Crown Prince Salman’s meeting with President Trump.
Farhan said that the Crown Prince was “keen to come and meet President Trump as early as possible” to “reinvigorate their strategic, longstanding partnership” of fifty years.
Baier asked him about paying their fair share of the cost of defeating ISIS and setting up safe zones in Syria as Trump has mentioned.
The next thing Farhan said is quite disturbing. They’re “more than ready to cooperate with the United States on countering ISIS in Syria and Iraq, across the region, not just financially but the Saudi government offered during the Obama administration’s time to send its troops into Syria to fight ISIS, that was not met with enthusiasm by the Obama administration.”
The Saudi army has more than 300,000 full-time personnel, 578,500 in reserve and National Guard, plus 878,500 total personnel. They could do a lot of damage to ISIS and they could have done it before the terror group caused so much misery and before Iran got more of a foothold.
Obama turned down troops and money to fight ISIS? If true, why?
Saudi Arabia was part of that coalition Barack Obama said he had put together to fight ISIS.
At the time, John Kerry, then-Secretary of State, said Saudi Arabia had offered to train rebels on its soil.
He never mentioned the troops.
Kerry also said, the United States wants Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt to use Arab television networks to spread anti-ISIS messages and encourage more clerics to speak out against the group.
The Obama administration had an offer of money and troops but took messaging by the Saudis instead.
We were told Saudi Arabia was busy with Yemen.