Regarding Saudi Arabian actions in Washington, Saudi dissident Ali al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute has previously stated, "So, really, here you see a contradiction of the — what we know as American values, is that the Saudis have been able to buy their way by giving money to a lot of politicians, to their foundations, like the Clinton Foundation, the Carter foundation, and shaping their opinion. And, unfortunately, because in America politics works on money, the Saudi monarchy has really broken that code and understood how to use it."
"My country used to be a place where the state provided, now it is taking," said al-Ahmed.
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