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Prince Alwaleed flames Donald Trump over Fox News attack

Saudi prince claims he ‘bailed out’ US mogul twice after Trump posted photoshopped image on Twitter

Prince Alwaleed flames Donald Trump over Fox News attack

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed has hit back at Donald Trump after the US presidential candidate posted a photoshopped image on Twitter that purported to uncover the ownership structure behind television giant Fox News.

Trump has been at loggerheads with Fox, which is widely regarded as having a major influence on the outcome of the current Republican primaries, following spats with Fox reporter Megyn Kelly and a perception of bias against the real estate mogul.

In an unprecedented step, Trump withdrew from the final Republican television debate, hosted by Fox News, on Friday.

Following the debate, Trump posted a photoshopped image of Prince Alwaleed and his sister standing next to Kelly on Twitter.

“Most people don’t know that the co-owner of Fox News is Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia here with his sister and with host Megyn Kelly. In case you only watch Fox News and you missed it everywhere else. Google it," Trump captioned the image.

In response, also on Twitter, the chairman of Kingdom Holding pointed out that he had ‘bailed out’ Trump twice. The prince also posted a link to three news articles, which covered the sale of Trump’s 281-foot superyacht and the Plaza Hotel in New York to Alwaleed in 1991 and 1995, respectively.

“Trump: You base your statements on photoshopped pics?! I bailed you out twice; a 3rd time, maybe?” the prince wrote.

In December, Prince Alwaleed called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race, saying he was a “disgrace not only to the GOP [the Republican party] but to all America”.

The comment was made shortly after Trump’s controversial call for the US to ban all Muslims from entering the country.

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Iqbal Aziz 4 years ago

Donald Trump states that he "is not a big fan of Saudi Arabia" but keeps begging the Saudis to bail him out every time he runs into financial difficulties. What a stark, raving hypocrite!

Kudos to Prince Talal for his response and for exposing this.