Saudi Prince Taunts Donald Trump

| by Nicholas Roberts
Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin TalalSaudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

On the morning of Jan. 28, Donald Trump tweeted a picture of Fox anchor Megyn Kelly with Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and a woman dressed in a burqa who is supposedly his sister.

The picture itself is clearly a photoshopped fake, as reported. But the tweet elicited a reaction from the Saudi Prince, who blasted the billionaire presidential candidate on Twitter and referred to previous investments he made into Trump's businesses.  

The tweet read: "Trump: You base your statements on photoshopped pics? I bailed you out twice; a 3rd time, maybe?"

The bailouts the Prince refers to in the tweet regard debt incurred by the billionaire at his Atlantic City casinos and at the Plaza Hotel in New York City during the 1990s, The New Yorker reported.

The Prince has previously sparred with Trump on Twitter, specifically after Trump's December 2015 call for a "total and complete ban" on Muslims entering the United States.  

His tweet read: “You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win.”

Trump responded with a barb of his own directed at the prince after the 2015 tweet, saying: “Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected. #Trump2016.”

Bin Talal is the wealthiest man in the Arab world and the second largest investor in 21st Century Fox— which is separate from News Corp — behind Rupert Murdoch himself, The New Yorker reported.

According to Time, the fake picture tweeted by Trump also asserts that Bin Talal is the co-owner of Fox News, which is not true — although he does own 7 percent of the company and reportedly maintains a business relationship with Murdoch, reported

Although Mr. Trump did not attend the Republican debate hosted on Jan. 28, his presence was felt by his competitors when Megyn Kelly spoke about "the elephant not in the room" to the candidates, reported.

Sources: The New Yorker, / Photo credit: Screenshot via YouTube

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