More evidence concerning the close ties between the Saudi Arabian rulers and the Trump administration keeps surfacing. The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has led to much publicity and much criticism of these ties.
Turkey on Wednesday heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s statement about slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it was “comic.” Our NATO partner also accused the United States of “turning a blind eye” to the murder of the Saudi journalist who was a writer for the Washington Post.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo personally delivered a roadmap to Saudi King Salman to help his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, protect himself from the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Washington Post has reported that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered members of the Saudi intelligence agency to murder Post writer Jamal Khashoggi. They say that the killing of Khashoggi was planned in advance and took place in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.
Saudi Arabia will seek the death penalty for the killers of government critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, a Saudi prosecutor said Thursday.
Eleven people have been charged in Khashoggi’s murder out of 21 people held in the case. Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the Saudi royal family, was strangled to death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body dismembered, the Saudi chief prosecutor said.
President Donald Trump on Monday blamed unfair media coverage for causing “great anger” in the United States.
He also said in a series of tweets that the “Fake News Media” is “the true Enemy of the People.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that he will reveal to the public details of his country’s investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The announcement by Erdogan will increase even further the pressure on Saudi Arabia to come clean about what happened on October 2nd after Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Amnesty International and several other leading global human rights organizations are calling for the United Nations to investigate the killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In addition to Amnesty International, the groups include the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders. They have joined together to ask Turkey to pressure the U.N. to open up a formal investigation into Khashoggi’s death.
Former vice president Joe Biden said Thursday that President Donald Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats,” criticizing his cozy relationship with the leaders of Saudi Arabia after the disappearance (and presumed killing) of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Post that the administration had “clamped down” on sharing intelligence Khashoggi.
By Doina Chiacu
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and called him a “rogue crown prince” who is jeopardizing relations with the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers need to find out what happened in the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi before taking any steps against Saudi Arabia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell told Bloomberg News on Tuesday, calling U.S.-Saudi relations “not great.”
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday "rogue killers" may have been behind the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered an internal investigation into the case.
Saudi Arabia said Sunday it will respond in kind to threats against it after President Donald Trump’s warning of “severe punishment” over the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi response came after the Tadawul stock exchange in Riyadh dropped by 7 percent during the week’s first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses.
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he saw no reason to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, possibly setting up a clash with the U.S. Congress.