Ronald Reagan, Loan Rider
There is a special moment in every president’s life when the Saudi check for his presidential library arrives. But Ronald Reagan did better than that.
New Mideast tell-all A World of Trouble is packed with important revelations, but for our purposes the story that matters is about a man and a horse. Or several. And a briefcase full of diamonds.
Author Patrick Tyler shows Ronald Reagan scheming to keep two horses given him by our gallant Saudi allies, plotting with then [and current Bush] White House Counsel Fred Fielding to hide them on a neighbor’s ranch. The law required the president to donate the horses to the public.
Tyler points to a previously published excerpt from Reagan’s diaries confirming the scheme:
Nancy got $2 million dollars of diamonds, stashed at Harry Winston.
How all this squared with Reagan’s legendary rules to live by is also unknown.