Home CIA Trump Calls Saudi Arabia A 'Spectacular Ally' Despite CIA's Khashoggi Findings

Trump Calls Saudi Arabia A ‘Spectacular Ally’ Despite CIA’s Khashoggi Findings


President Donald Trump is still praising Saudi Arabia as a “truly spectacular ally,” despite the CIA reportedly pinning blame for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder on the Saudi royal family.

On Saturday, before leaving to review the wildfire damage in California, Trump addressed a Washington Post report that, according to CIA officials, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of Khashoggi, who was an outspoken critic of the royal family. The Washington Post contributor and U.S. resident entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and was never seen alive again. 

“We haven’t been briefed yet,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “The CIA is going to be speaking to me today. We have not been briefed yet. As of this moment, we were told that he did not play a role.”

The president said he has to take many things into account when it comes to America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, in particular emphasizing economic relations.

“They give us a lot of jobs and a lot of business and economic development,” Trump said. “They have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development.”

The prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, who is the Saudi ambassador to the United States, reportedly called Khashoggi and told him he could safely travel to Istanbul to obtain needed documents. The ambassador denied any involvement in the journalist’s disappearance or murder on his official Twitter account Friday.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has charged 11 suspects in connection with the murder of Khashoggi and is seeking the death penalty for five of them. Khashoggi died from a lethal injection and was then dismembered, according to a Saudi deputy public prosecutor.


Source link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Enter Captcha Here : *

Reload Image

Must Read

Climate Policy Outside The Comfort Zone

The Paris Climate Agreement is a massive success for diplomacy; its speedy entrance into force last Friday perhaps even more so. Yet at...

Why everyone is talking about energy storage | MNN

Ever since governments started getting serious about developing renewable energy, naysayers have been arguing that it's a pipe dream — after all, the...

Give charities free ad space on your smartphone’s lock screen with Screen Donor

This app gives free ad space to deserving charities and NGOs on one of our tech-centric culture's most commonly seen screens - our...

Tropicana 100% Juice 3-Flavor Fruit Blend Variety Pack, 10 Fl Oz, Bottles, (Pack of 24)

Price: (as of - Details) Now you can enjoy the refreshing taste of Tropicana’s Fruit Medley, Pineapple Peach Mango and Strawberry Orange Juice...