Monday, April 18, 2016

Obama aide: Saudi Arabia paid 'insufficient attention' to extremist funding

President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser said that the government of Saudi Arabia had paid "insufficient attention" to money that was being funneled into terror groups and fueled the rise of Al Qaeda.

Ben Rhodes was speaking to David Axelrod in his podcast "The Axe Files" out Monday when he was asked about the validity of the accusation that the Saudi government was complicit in sponsoring terrorism.

“I think that it’s complicated in the sense that, it’s not that it was Saudi government policy to support Al Qaeda, but there were a number of very wealthy individuals in Saudi Arabia who would contribute, sometimes directly, to extremist groups. Sometimes to charities that were kind of, ended up being ways to launder money to these groups," Rhodes said ....