On his way home from India, President Obama is stopped in Saudi Arabia to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and speak with the new King Salman. It was on this topic that Fox News host Martha McCallum was speaking with Senator Rand Paul. McCallum wondered what Senator Paul thought about the meeting and what he thought President Obama should say to the new king.
Senator Paul went straight for Saudi Arabia’s jugular with his response – demanding that they stop speaking out both sides of their mouth and start doing what they say they believe to be right.
I don’t think President Obama has any plans to be as direct as Senator Paul is here.
Senator Rand Paul: You know I hope he says to Saudi Arabia that we’d like them to help us and work with us instead of against us. I think a lot of the arms that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have poured into the Syrian war, the Syrian civil war have actually been hurting us. They have actually wound up in the hand of ISIS. So I hope the message to them is they need to be working against radical Islam. They need to quit funding radical Islamic schools in our country and around the world and they need to send ground troops in to help us fight ISIS.
Martha McCallum: It is such a complicated situation. I read this morning that a number of these groups, these radical Islamic groups were rejoicing over the death of King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia. But we also know that Saudi Arabia was not happy with our stand in Syria. They obviously wanted to see us follow through on the belief that Assad must go. So there is some tension in this relationship. How would you repair it?
Sen. Paul: Well I think that Saudi Arabia needs to realize that most of the radical Islamists in the war there, the ISIS, are Sunnis and we need to have people from the civilized world of Sunni Islam need to step up and that means Saudi Arabia. I think Saudi Arabia– In 2013, 600 million tons of weapons were poured into the Syrian civil war and a lot of those were Saudi weapons and a lot of those wound up in the hand of ISIS. We’re now back there fighting against weapons, some of them were ours and some of them were our allies. So Saudi Arabia needs to step up to be on our side and not be provoking the situation.