Saudi prince who declared Trump ‘a disgrace to America’ on Twitter – and received a blunt retort from The Donald – tries to make amends following his election victory
- Prince Alwaleed bin Talal attacked Trump on Twitter in December last year
- It followed he President-elect saying he would ban all Muslims from the US
- But within hours of Wednesday’s shock victory the prince backtracked
A Saudi prince who engaged in a war of words with Donald Trump – branding him ‘a disgrace to America’ – has made a swift backtrack following the Republican’s shock victory in the US presidential election.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal lashed out at The Donald following controversial remarks made on his campaign trail threatening to ban all Muslims from entering America until the threat of terrorism was more under control.
Following Trump’s remarks last December, the prince said on Twitter: ‘.@realDonaldTrump 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.’
Trump responded saying: Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our US politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected #Trump 2016.’
However, within hours of Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in Wednesday’s historic night of voting, the ‘Arabian Warren Buffet’ had to swiftly retreat.
He tweeted: ‘.@realDonaldTrump President elect whatever the past differences, America has spoken, congratulations & best wishes for your presidency.’
Alwaleed has drawn comparisons with American magnate Buffet for the similarities in their business acumen and entrepreneurial prowess.
He owns 95 per cent of the Kingdom Holding Company, which owns a number of smaller businesses, and was earlier this year named as the 41st richest man in the world.
Trump roared to victory on the back of a campaign that saw him rail against other races, with his Muslim ban in addition to a plan to build a wall between Mexico and the States.
However, in his victory speech he appeared to already have taken a more diplomatic stance, saying: ‘It’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together.
‘To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.
He added: ‘It will be a movement comprised of people from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people – and serve the people it will.’