Saudi billionaire Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal has called the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a disgrace to the United States following his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, and demanded the GOP front-runner withdraw from the US presidential race.
Trump triggered an international uproar when he made his comments in response to last week’s deadly shootings in California by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalised.
“You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America,” Prince Al Waleed, the chairman of Kingdom Holding, said on his Twitter account, addressing Trump and referring to the Republican Party.
“Withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win,” the prince added.
Within hours, Trump’s response came back, also on Twitter.
“Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our US politicians…” he said. “Can’t do it when I get elected.”
Trump’s comments have already cost him business in the Middle East, with a major chain of department stores [Landmark group] halting sales of his glitzy “Trump Home” line of lamps, mirrors and jewellery boxes.
On Thursday, Dubai real estate firm Damac, which is building a $6 billion (Dh22 billion) golf complex with Trump, stripped the property of his name and image.
Prince Al Waleed, a nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz,and the grandson of the late Lebanese Prime mInister Riad el Solh has holdings in a number of international companies, including Twitter and Citigroup.