Roger Stone: I 'Want to Puke' Over This Trump Image

Longtime ally criticizes decision to accept civilian honor from Saudi Arabia
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Roger Stone: I 'Want to Puke' Over This Trump Image
Saudi King Salman presents President Trump with the Order of Abdulaziz medal at the Royal Court Palace Saturday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

At least one longtime Donald Trump ally wasn’t pleased with the president picking up an award in Saudi Arabia. That’s actually putting it mildly: "Candidly this makes me want to puke," tweeted Roger Stone after Trump was pictured receiving the Order of Abdulaziz, the nation's highest civilian honor. He used the hashtag "#JaredsIdea," suggesting that the decision to accept the award came from son-in-law Jared Kushner. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush had previously received the honor—Trump famously criticized Obama because he "bowed" to the Saudi king—and Stone is unhappy that Trump decided to accept it, too. "Instead of meeting with the Saudis," he wrote, Trump "should be demanding they pay for the attack on America on 9/11 which they financed."

As CNN notes, the tweets come as Trump appears to be trying to distance himself from his one-time campaign adviser. After reports emerged that Stone was among those who advised Trump to fire FBI chief James Comey, the president responded on Twitter. "Have not spoken to Roger in a long time," he wrote. "Had nothing to do with my decision." Those interested in learning more about Stone should check out the new Netflix documentary, Get Me Roger Stone, writes Rick Jervis at USA Today. He'd heard of Stone before the film, "but I had little idea of the depth of his influence he's had on American politics the past five decades and on the current White House tenant." (More Roger Stone stories.)

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