The payoff for Donald Trump saving Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by discounting the 2018 CIA report concluding that MBS had orchestrated the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been – ten guesses – a stream of lucrative post-White House deals.
The Trump family wealth was sagging after DT lost the 2021 election, with the Capitol January 6th attack sullying his reputation further. Then his golf courses began hosting tournaments for the controversial, ‘sports-washing’ Saudi fund-backed LIV Golf; and secured an agreement with a Saudi real estate company that plans to build a Trump hotel as part of a $4 billion golf resort in Oman. Son-in-law Jared, mystifyingly handed the Middle Eastern portfolio during Trump’s term despite having zero diplomatic experience, has filled an aching billion dollar void in his family firm’s finances, acquiring $2 billion from a sovereign wealth fund chaired by MBS.
What is horrifying about this tangled tale is not just that Trump and tribe made a killing out of the presidency, during and after, but that MBS might have fallen from high office altogether had it not been for Trump’s support. Democrats have expressed concern that such business ties could leave them beholden to the crown prince if they return to the White House.
Trump’s astrocartography relocated to Riyadh puts a slippery Neptune in the 10th and his Saturn, Venus and Pluto in the 8th, hinting at secret financial dealings.
There was always something ‘fated’ and slightly spooky about Trump’s relationship chart with Jared Kushner – it has an exact Mars sextile Pluto inconjunct Mercury which will be rattled up this April. Their fortunes are irrevocably tied together. Trump’s relationship with MBS will be under exceptionally heavy pressure from late this March till late 2024, with a peak of anxiety in late this April.
It’s unlikely there would be any immediate fallout so interesting to observe and see what comes.
Kushner will be moving through deeply frustrating, trapped and scary times from this March onwards for two years with a financially disappointing 2024 and a catastrophic 2025.
Mohammed bin Salman, 31 August 1985, will have his successes this year alongside a few failed plans but is looking increasingly uncertain and edgy into and throughout 2024.
Irritating that the dirt only emerges well after the event.