Putin high-fives Saudi crown prince at G-20 summit

During the G-20 summit in Argentina, Russian President Vladimir Putin high-fives Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who most of the world has castigated after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Astounding,” said CNN.

The two “enjoyed a hearty laugh and enthusiastically clasped hands,” as NBC News reported.

“You would be happy too if you just got away with murder,” wrote Aaron Blake of The Washington Post, as he offered his caption.

President Trump, who’s been publicly skeptical about the CIA’s findings, walked by the “chummy pair without appearing to acknowledge them,” according to the AP.

Meanwhile — on the KVMR News Hour, our “community” radio station  — extreme right commentator George Rebane offered his own astounding opinion on the Khashoggi murder: “So, despite the public gnashing of teeth and rending of garment by Trump’s political opponents, everyone understands that this is the correct way to end the affair. … Losing the order for shipping the Saudis our fancy armaments and other things so that they will remain our ally in the region, trumps all other factors in this case.”

Well I guess George “Raghead” Rebane’s astonishing comments on KVMR, of all places, would also have earned him a high-five from Putin! I wonder if that would have filled him with pride.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

One thought on “Putin high-fives Saudi crown prince at G-20 summit”

  1. Here’s one for George Rebane to chew on on the KVMR News Hour and for his blog: “Whiter, poorer, Trumpier: the new Republican California”
    “After the shellacking that California Republicans took in this year’s midterm elections, many figures within the more pragmatic wing of the party establishment had hoped that the party would turn away from the divisive politics of President Donald Trump and seek to become a more diverse coalition.

    “But in the short term, the midterm election whittled away all the purple sections of the state now represented by the GOP, leaving only the scarlet-red core. With striking losses in Orange County and the Central Valley, the Republican Party’s diminished congressional delegation will now represent a less diverse and less well-off subset of Californians—and an electorate that was most enamored with the president. It will also be a much smaller portion of the state.”

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