In his first foreign trip since he was sworn in, Trump is now heading to Saudi Arabia to sign an arms deal under which the U.S. will sell $100 billion worth of military equipment to the Saudis.
Arms Deal Raising Many Red Flags
Experts are concerned that the deal would just boost the risk of a prolonged conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s raids in the region have already led to thousands of civilian casualties.
Furthermore, experts are concerned the weapons might be delivered to ISIS fighters, a concern shared by the Obama administration which refused to sell Saudi Arabia some types of weapons for the same reason.
However, very few experts know about a third side-effect to the highly controversial arms sale agreement. The president’s eldest daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka, will greatly benefit from the move.
Ivanka-Linked Initiative to Get Massive Donation
Last month, the businesswoman teamed up with the World Bank to start a “special fund” to help other business women financially. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the World Bank announced the said fund would receive a substantial input from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The two countries, which benefited from Trump’s arms deal, will reportedly pour $100 million jointly into Ivanka’s fund for women. The money will be directed to female entrepreneurs that want to start a business.
It is “strange” that Saudi Arabia is one of the First Daughter’s first donors to the initiative. The Middle East country has a poor record when it comes to treating women fairly. Across the Kingdom, women’s rights are almost nonexistent with most not being able even to obtain a driver’s license or a passport.
Seemingly, the Trump family has no problem with accepting money from foreign governments, even though the president scorched Hillary Clinton for accepting donations from Saudi Arabia. For this reason, he called his political rival’s charity a “criminal enterprise.”
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