Did the FBI find Trump-Saudi Arabia nuclear technology documents in Mar a Lago?

Was President Trump embarrassed he supported the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

In raiding Donald Trump’s home and hinting Joe Biden might be seeking to criminalize a policy difference. It’s common knowledge that the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2017) openly supported Iran and the Shiite’s desire to produce nuclear weapons. Obama returned several billion of US dollars to the Iranian theocracy, which they immediately put to use working on developing nukes. Obama and the Iranian government signed an agreement that would have legitimized Iran’s new nuclear arsenals.

Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology
Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984, Iran continued its terrorist-related activity in 2019, including support for Hizballah, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, and various terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq, and throughout the Middle East.  Iran used the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to provide support to terrorist organizations, provide cover for associated covert operations, and create instability in the region.

However, when Donald Trump entered office he learned the Iranians where cheating on the Obama agreement and Mr. Trump abrogated the treaty. Once it was clear to Mr. Trump there would soon be an imbalance in the power between The Sunni and Shiite sects, he began others to question when we should provide the Saudi’s with a method to defend themselves.

While the Saudi government was far from idea, they had since World War I (1917) been an ally of the United States.

It could have been about balance of power theory – the idea that states consciously or unconsciously strive towards an equal distribution of power to avoid dominance by one and deter aggression – is a core concept for the study of international politics. It’s easiest to explain, “if it’s gonna be a tie, why start a war? If there isn’t any advantage to war, then maybe there will be peace.”

Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology
Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Energy Secretary Rick Perry approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to Reuters. The Trump administration quietly pursued a wider deal on sharing U.S. nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, which aims to build at least two nuclear power plants.

In 2017, President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, orchestrated a visit to Saudi Arabia as the President’s first overseas trip. Mr. Kushner also met on his own with then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who subsequently ousted his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, launched a crackdown against dozens of Saudi royal family members.

In October 2018, the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was met with equivocation by President Trump and other top Administration officials.

President Trump was looking to bolster US nuclear technology companies…

On February 12, 2019, the President met with nuclear power developers at the White House about sharing nuclear technology with countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. In addition, next week Mr. Kushner will be embarking on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals—including Riyadh—to discuss the economic portion of the Administration’s Middle East peace plan.

Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology
Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Several countries including the United States, South Korea and Russia were in competition for a technology deal. Within the United States, strong private commercial interests had been pressing aggressively for the transfer of highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. There was a debate about adequate safeguards on the technology. These commercial entities stand to reap billions of dollars through contracts associated with constructing and operating nuclear facilities in Saudi Arabia—and apparently had been in close and repeated contact with President Trump and his Administration.

Of course, experts worry that transferring sensitive U.S. nuclear technology could allow Saudi Arabia to produce nuclear weapons that contribute to the proliferation of nuclear arms throughout an already unstable Middle East. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman conceded this point in 2018, proclaiming: “Without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

Committee on Oversight and Reform investigated Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

According to the whistleblowers, Derek Harvey, the Senior Director for Middle East and North African Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from January to July 2017, stated during the first week of the Trump Administration that the decision to adopt IP3’s nuclear plan, which it called the Middle East Marshall Plan, and develop “dozens of nuclear power plants” had already been made by General Flynn during the transition—while he was serving as an advisor to IP3.

Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology
Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Career staff warned that any transfer of nuclear technology must comply with the Atomic Energy Act, that the United States and Saudi Arabia would need to reach a 123 Agreement, and that these legal requirements could not be circumvented. Mr. Harvey reportedly ignored these warnings and insisted that the decision to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia had already been made.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform investigated and the report was critical of the Trump Administration because Mr Trump, General Flynn and others continued to support the export of technology. What was given or promised can’t easily be determined. But perhaps the documents, if they exist or if they are ever recovered might or might not ever be known to us.

The Committee’s investigation is particularly critical because the Administration’s efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia appear to be ongoing.

Nothing was really ever done by the Congress.

Trump-Saudi Arabia nuclear technology deals might in the end… sink both ships

So, we aren’t certain the extent of President Trump’s support of the Saudi quest for nukes, but the rumor in national security circles is that the “nuclear weapons” documents (either planted or legally obtained by the FBI) concern President Trumps pushing that the US companies win the bidding for the Saudi contract.

Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology
Trump-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology

Of course, the documents, would be naturally be “classified” and if Mr Trump would be charged, his supporters would want to ascertain if the document were in fact real and really a national secret and not just something thrown out there to sink Biden’s 2024 opponent. President Biden’s people This could be a hairy and pronged national security stand off, worse than any Spy vs Spy cartoon strip. With both sided shooting each other in the foot.

We might learn Mr Trump gave or probably sold, technology to the Saudis. We might learn that the Iranians were nearer a nuclear weapon than was published in newspapers and that Mr. Trump thought it wise totransfer a little something in order to maintain the balance of power and avoid a war between Iran and the Saudis. If the FBI’s new documents aren’t a smoking gun, then Mr. Biden’s DOJ will have egg on their face.

On the other hand, we might learn every thing in the documents amounts to really nothing and they the contents contain nothing more than what’s in this editorial? I did read six newspaper articles about the House investigation, so the information has been out there.

Trump-Saudi Arabia nuclear technology worse case scenarios…

The worse case scenario for Mr Trump would be that the technology was transferred in violation of the law. The worse case scenario for Mr Biden would be that people don’t really care and pretty well say to themselves, “well at least it wasn’t the Iranians that benefited.”

When Congress passed the Atomic Energy Act, it imposed stringent controls on the export of U.S. technology to a foreign country that could be used to create nuclear weapons. Under Section 123 of the Act, the U.S. may not transfer nuclear technology to a foreign country without the approval of Congress, in order to ensure that the agreement reached with the foreign government meets nine specific nonproliferation requirements.