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HBO’s John Oliver used his latest “Last Week Tonight” show to criticize President Trump for not coming down harder on Saudi Arabia after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“At every turn, Trump has gone out of his way to accommodate the Saudis,” Oliver said.
Oliver’s segment comes after Turkish officials reportedly said a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate on Oct. 2 before killing him and dismembering his body. Saudi officials say Khashoggi left the building unharmed.
Oliver argued during Sunday’s show that Trump and his representatives have been too cozy with Saudi Arabia, the government of which is currently controlled by Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Using clips from the campaign trail in which Trump praised Saudi Arabia for doing business with his real estate company, Oliver implied that Trump’s business dealings — and love of money — are part of what makes him hesitate to act on the reports of Khashoggi’s death.
“Trump’s intent ‘bromance’ with [bin Salman] is bad news, because when you set no boundaries on an oppressive regime, they are always going to ask themselves, ‘How much can we get away wth here?’ And as we saw this week, the answer to that may well be: Pretty much anything,” Oliver said.
Oliver also likened the Saudi prince’s relationship with Trump to a babysitter with an unwieldy child, comparing the influx of cash to the US to a young caregiver plying a charge with Twizzlers: “’Oh, I thought this was going to be difficult, but if all you want is Twizzlers, I have loads of them — here, take all you want, and shut the [expletive] up,’” Oliver joked.
And although Trump has said that Saudi Arabia could face “severe punishment” if the journalist’s murder is proven, Oliver asked: “Does anyone really believe that that is something he is honestly committed to?”
Oliver pointed out that Trump has seemed hesitant to commit to pulling out of an arms deal with the country.
“Arms deal? Much more important than butchered journalist,” Oliver said.
In a separate segment, Oliver also poked fun at how news broadcasters post ridicule-worthy photos, videos, and catch phrases to Instagram, singling out Mika Brzezinski, David Muir, and — most of all — CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who frequently touts the phrase, “#LetsGetAfterIt.”
“Here’s an idea: Instead of doing that, let’s get after that catch phrase. I’m serious. Let’s hunt it down, catch it, and kill it forever,” Oliver said.
So, the HBO show host announced his #LetsNotGetAfterIt challenge.
“Here’s how it works: You take a picture of your body acting totally age appropriately and you post it on Instagram using the hashtag #LetsNotGetAfterIt,” he said.
In fact, Oliver posted a few videos of himself already taking part.