Like Chinese diplomat Hua Chunying, who spoke out against GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump in late February, so did Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal last Thursday night.
Turki, a former ambassador to the U.S. and Saudi prince, issued his grievances to over 400 political operatives, U.S. government officials, think tank representatives, and diplomats at a Washington Institute for Near East Policy dinner in Washington, D.C.
"For the life of me," he said, according to a Huffington Post article published Friday, "I cannot believe that a country like the United States can afford to have someone as president who simply says, 'These people are not going to be allowed to come to the United States.'"
"It's up to you, it's not up to me," he continued, "I just hope you, as American citizens, will make the right choice in November."
Turki was joined at the conference by Israeli former major general Yaakov Amidror, who served as national security advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until 2013.
Amidror also offered his two cents on a possible Trump presidency…
He did so by simply expressing his hope that his government would "be clear immediately that we will work with any president which will be elected," reported The Huffington Post.
But unlike General Amidror, Prince Turki is known for his close relationships with U.S. officials in spite of the two countries' rocky rapport over the years.
At the end of his speech, Turki reminded the dinner attendees that, for now, Saudi Arabia remains an ally, especially when it comes to the recent Iran nuclear deal, which will last for the next 10 to 15 years.
What happens after that, Turki warned, is "open to question" – which could be taken as a cautionary reminder that the United States needs to preserve its ally status with the gulf country at all costs.
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- The Huffington Post: Saudi Prince Urges American Voters to 'Make the Right Choice' on Donald Trump