President Trump emphasized the importance of the US’s relationship with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, dismissing the CIA’s claims that Saudi Crown Prince Salman had ordered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as “nothing definitive.” Democratic Sen. Feinstein labeled the president’s decision not to punish Saudi Arabia for the murder as “offensive.” Republicans Jeff Flake and Marco Rubio also condemned Trump’s statement.
- Is the president’s statement solely based on Saudi Arabia’s oil supply?
- It’s important to have an “America First” rationale.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States is standing with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
In a long statement, punctuated by eight exclamation points, Trump said “we may never know all the facts about the death of Khashoggi, but our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Trump said that US intelligence agencies are still evaluating all the information about the killing in October of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi royal family, at the consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Khashoggi himself, citing people familiar with the case.
Trump told reporters on Saturday that there would be a “very full report” on the U.S. investigation by Tuesday, but in his statement Tuesday, Trump seemed to cast doubt on the completion of the U.S. probe.