Friday, October 12, 2018

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Set To Attend Saudi Conference Despite Murder of Washington Post Columnist Ordered By Host of Conference

This is about as insane as it gets for a bankster financial conference.

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) sent a 15-man hit squad to Istanbul, Turkey to kill Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin will still be heading later this month to a global bankster conference in  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, hosted by MBS and dubbed  “Davos in the Desert.”

In addition to Mnuchin, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde plan to attend the event, the second annual Future Investment Initiative, scheduled for Oct. 23 through 25. It is a Saudi government-backed conference bankrolled by the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

The New York Times and The Economist (both media sponsors of the conference), said they had pulled out in light of the murder.

Arianna Huffington, who is listed is listed as an advisory board member of the event, said through a spokeswoman she would no longer attend.

Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments, resigned from the advisory board on Thursday.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced late Thursday evening that he would not be going. “I’m very troubled by the reports to date about Jamal Khashoggi,” Khosrowshahi said in a statement. “We are following the situation closely, and unless a substantially different set of facts emerges, I won’t be attending the FII conference in Riyadh.”

Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN and Fox Business Network — all media sponsors of the event — said they were monitoring the situation, according to the Huffington Post.

Thomas Barrack, Trump crony and Executive Chairman, Colony Capital, Inc., is listed as a speaker at the event, as is Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CEO of E.L Rothschild LLC and Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism.

There is no word yet from Peter Thiel if he still plans to attend. He is listed as an advisory board member.


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