NEW YORK – A well-known Saudi billionaire attacked Donald Trump on Friday, calling the presidential candidate “a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.” Alwaleed bin Talal, who bought some of Trump’s assets when the American tycoon ran into financial difficulties during the 1990s, also advised the frontrunner to “withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win.”
You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.
Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win.— الوليد بن طلال (@Alwaleed_Talal) December 11, 2015
Talal and Trump have some history. According to BuzzFeed, the Saudi snapped up a yacht belonging to Trump called the 'Trump Princess,' after it was handed to creditors. He renamed the 281-foot craft the ‘Kingdom 5KR.’ Debt also forced Trump to relinquish a majority stake in the Plaza Hotel in New York, an asset also hoovered up by the Saudi.
Talal’s tweet was likely a response to the proposal to impose a travel ban on all Muslims entering the US, a suggestion Trump made on Monday in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings in California. Trump quickly hit back at his “dopey” tormentor, accusing him of interfering in the American political process with his father’s cash.
The irony of accusing someone else of benefitting from family money appears to have been lost on Trump, whose success was built on his father’s real estate business, worth an estimated $200 million when it was divided between his five children in the 1970s.
Trump has received widespread condemnation for his remarks, with American media, his own party and politicians around the world rounding on the Republican frontrunner. In the Middle East, where Trump has some business interests, the mogul’s image was stripped from a golf development, while a large chain of department stores dropped products from Trump’s home lifestyle collection.
The ban comments did not, however, diminished Trump amongst his supporters, his national approval numbers rising after he floated the policy idea.