Saudi Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal exchanges angry views with US presidential hopeful after call to ban Muslims from entering US.
Saudi billionaire who hoovered up Donald Trump’s assets when the presidential hopeful ran into cashflow problems in the 1990s has labelled the controversial candidate a disgrace to his country. Alwaleed bin Talal owns a yacht once called the Trump Princess, which he bought in the early 90s after it was ceded to creditors and renamed the Kingdom 5KR. A few years later he took a stake in the Plaza hotel, once one of Trump’s favourite hotels.
In an apparent response to Trump’s widely condemned plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States slammed by critics ranging from his own party leadership to boxing legend Muhammad Ali ,Alwaleed called on Trump to drop out of the running to become Republican candidate for president.
“You are a disgrace not only to the GOP [the Republican Party] but to all America. Withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win,” Alwaleed wrote on his Twitter account, which, with more than 4 million followers, is almost as popular as Trump’s
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
Trump lost little time in hitting back, also using Twitter, accusing the mogul of being a clueless child of privilege.
“Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. Politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected #Trump2016,” he said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
Critics were quick to point out that the US mogul himself is no stranger to family wealth. He built his own business career on the back of a real estate empire created by his father. When it was handed on in the 70s it was worth around $200 million and, as Trump was one of five children, he got a 20% share. Trump’s attacks on Muslims have already caused a business backlash in the Middle East, which his company just a few months ago had flagged as a key growth market.