According to Bernie Sanders, Saudi Arabia has “funded terrorism” around the world and is “not an ally of the United States.”
(INTERCEPT) — Bernie Sanders broke with the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill in an exclusive interview with The Intercept. The United States has long considered Saudi Arabia to be a loyal friend, supporter, and partner in the so-called war on terror. Sanders issued a scathing denunciation of the Gulf kingdom, which has recently embarked on a new round of domestic repression.
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“I consider [Saudi Arabia] to be an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism. … They are not an ally of the United States.”
The Vermont senator accused the “incredibly anti-democratic” Saudis of “continuing to fund madrasas” and spreading “an extremely radical Wahhabi doctrine in many countries around the world.”
“They are fomenting a lot of hatred,” he added.
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