United States President Donald Trump has vowed to severely punish Saudi Arabia in the event that missing Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Trump made this known during an interview with the CBS on Saturday. “We’re going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment,” Trump said.
Asked whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave an order to kill him, Trump said “nobody knows yet.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]Trump said that there was much at stake with Khashoggi case, “maybe especially so” because he was a reporter.[/penci_blockquote]
”But we’ll probably be able to find out.” Trump added in excerpts of the “60 Minutes” interview that will air on Sunday “we would be very upset and angry if that were the case”.
Trump said that there was much at stake with Khashoggi case, “maybe especially so” because he was a reporter.
But Trump signaled that cutting off U.S. military sales to the kingdom may not be an option, saying, “I don’t want to hurt jobs.”
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Turkish sources have told the Media that the initial assessment of the police was that Khashoggi was deliberately killed inside the consulate. Riyadh has dismissed the claims.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and legal resident of the United States, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate.