‘The View’ host suggests Saudis would run to Iran if they felt abandoned by US

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Co-host of ABC’s “The View” Sara Haines suggested Friday that Saudi Arabia would run to Iran if it felt abandoned by the United States, despite the fact the two Middle Eastern countries are longtime enemies and religious rivals.

On Thursday, former President Trump came under fire after telling a reporter that “nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11” during an exchange at a Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament at his club in Bedminster, N.J. The tournament has come under intense scrutiny, as critics argue Saudi Arabia is using the venue to reorient its public image after the 2018 assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The View” co-host Ana Navarro claimed Trump was disregarding the pleas of the families of 9/11 victims by going on with the event, and was doing it for “no other reason” than to benefit himself. 

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Haines then interjected, asserting the U.S. had in fact come to an investigative conclusion about the 2001 attack, which implicated Saudi Arabia in part in addition to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, and that Trump’s decision was “solely about money.” 

“That is not a friendly area typically with allies,” Haines said. “That is a stronghold position we’ve needed, not only for energy and economics, but when we push Saudi Arabia away they run to China, or they run to Iran. Both places are pivotal for international and global relations.”

“No one has ever accused The View of being geopolitical geniuses,” tweeted NewsBusters associate editor Nicholas Fondacaro, who flagged the comment.

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Iran and Saudi Arabia, both Islamic theocracies but of different sects, have had no diplomatic relations since the 2016 attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, following the Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly emphasized that Iran is the biggest threat to stability in the Middle East. The Kingdom often cites Iran’s nuclear program and funding of militant proxy groups throughout the region as cause for alarm. 

ABC did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

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