WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) – President Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt in the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as a senior U.S. legislator was mounted on Riyadh to provide answers with the finger on the Saudi regime and Western pressure.
“here we go again you’re guilty until innocent, proven” trump compared to the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday.
Trump had used a similar formulation of the language when his nomination by Brett Kavanuagh to the U.S. Supreme Court in trouble in the Senate, ran after several women came forward to accuse sexual misconduct to Kavanaugh.
Trump, said Saudi Arabia bin formerly Crown Prince Mohammed to know what happens where Khashoggi disappeared over there to go to collect documents, he for his planned wedding in two weeks the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul ago needed Salman denied.
Turkish officials said they believe the Saudi journalist was murdered and his body, which have strongly denied the Saudis. Khashoggi was a resident of the United States, who wrote columns for the Washington Post, and he criticized the Saudi Government required reforms.
“just spoke to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, which totally refuses to no knowledge about what happened in their Turkish Consulate,” wrote Trump on Twitter. Trump also wrote, that the Crown Prince “told me he has already begun and will rapidly expand, a full and comprehensive investigation into this matter.” Answers will follow soon.”
U.S. Mike Pompeo Secretary of State, Salman, the Crown Prince and Foreign Minister, met with Saudi King said his assessment of the meetings was, that’s “a serious commitment determine all facts and accountability, including” Responsibility for Saudi Arabia leaders or senior officials.
a dilemma for the United States, United Kingdom and other Western Nations in dealing with an authoritarian monarchy to respond that usually it will not bow to foreign pressure. Saudi Arabia’s top oil exporter who lavishly spends world, Western arms and a large Sunni Muslim allies.
United States Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump on some problems of the Crown Prince called a “toxic” figure, add, “He never can be a world leader on the international stage.”
“I’ve been their greatest defenders on the floor of the Senate of the United States, said Graham.” This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this man murdered in a Consulate in Turkey and expected that I to ignore it. I feel used and abused”, said Graham.
US media reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.
Trump speculated on Monday that “rogue killer” could be behind the disappearance but gave no evidence for this theory.
reporting by Makini Brice and Leah Millis; Additional reporting by Yesim Dikmen and Sarah Dadouch and Bülent USTA in Istanbul Orhan Coskun, Gulsen Solaker, ECE Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara, John Revill in Basel, Oliver Shepherd in Zurich, Lawrence white in London and Jonathan Spicer, Lesley Wroughton, Tim Ahmann and Susan Heavey in Washington; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Yara Bayoumy, Dunham, and Grant McCool