Jamal Khashoggi murder: Donald Trump not taking Saudi Arabia action

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Donald Trump not taking Saudi Arabia action

Kerry Wise
November 21, 2018

The King and the Crown Prince, who also the chairman of the founding board of Amaala project, watched a visual presentation on the project and its economic and development objectives to create an innovative and unique concept in ultra-luxury tourism focusing on wellness, meditation, well-being and the art of healthy living.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that he ordered the killing, according to a USA official familiar with the assessment. On the contrary, reports suggest that the Central Intelligence Agency is convinced that the crown prince ordered the killing himself.

The journalist, who was a columnist for The Washington Post and a USA resident, was killed when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Since October, Saudi Arabia has gone from completely denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's killing to admitting it was "premeditated". You'd especially think the famously cynical nationalist Donald Trump, who habitually complains that every country in the world is taking advantage of the United States, would see the deals in these terms.

The CIA, relying mainly on circumstantial evidence and expert conclusion, believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Mr Khashoggi's assassination but the oil-rich kingdom's foreign minister has rejected the claims.

And it was just days after the president admitted he had not listened to an audio tape provided by the Turkish government of Khashoggi's murder, because it was too gruesome.

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Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) noted that if, as Trump claims, Saudi Arabia was truly a great ally, they wouldn't "plot the murder of journalists" and "lure their own citizens into a trap, then kill them".

The president acknowledged that members of Congress will demand repercussions on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing.

The bans bind all members of the European Union's passport-free Schengen zone, suggesting Germany is willing to use its influence as the EU's largest country to push for a tougher line.

Although the Central Intelligence Agency is not said to have direct evidence linking Mohammed bin Salman to the murder, officials reportedly believe it could not have taken place without his approval.

The US President told Fox News Sunday he would not listen to the recording "because it's a suffering tape, it's a bad tape". "We may never know all the facts", he added, but "in any case, our relationship is with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

A Saudi prosecutor has indicted 11 people for the murder and is requesting the death penalty against five of the men. Four of the calls were reportedly between Mutreb and Saud al-Qahtani the former aid to the Crown who was relieved of his duties last month.