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John Hudson National Security Reports Focusing on the State Department and Diplomacy. October 20 at 10:02 PM President Trump strongly…
President Trump strongly criticized Saudi Arabia’s statement to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Saturday late and said that “apparently there has been fraud and there has been a lie.”
In the same way, Trump defended the oil-rich monarchy as an “unfaithful allied” and retained the possibility that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order Saudi agents to kill Khashoggi. “19659005” Nobody has said he is in charge. No one has said he is not responsible. We have not reached that point. I have not heard anywhere, Trump said in a telephone conversation with Washington Post.
The state’s claim that Khashoggi was killed after a fistfight escalated inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul met with a spread of international skepticism on Saturday how a team of Saudi agents could fly to Istanbul to meet Khashoggi and eventually kill him without the knowledge or consent of the crown prince.
Trump had told reporters on Friday that the Saudi explanation was credible, but US officials said he had privately grimaced that his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s close relationship with the Crown Prince has become a debt and left the White House without any good alternatives.
The trumpet administration made its relationship with Mohammed a part of its Middle East policy, based on him helping to strike a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis and uniting the Arab world against Iran. Now, the Saudi government’s handling of the killing of a Washington Post-contributing columnist has damaged Mohammed’s image because the Trump administration questioned the value of its high profile partnership with him.
U.S. Officials now need to account for the sharp inconsistencies between the accounts of the Turkish investigators and that of the Saudi government released on Saturday.
An important evidence is the sound recording that led Turkish investigators to conclude a few days ago that Khashoggi was killed and destroyed by a Saudi army sent to Istanbul. Trump on Saturday denied that some American officials have heard sounds, watched video or read some transcripts from the Turks.
But CIA officials have listened to an audio recording that Turkish officials say that the journalists were killed and battered by the Saudi team, according to people familiar with the question. If verified, recording would make it difficult for the United States to accept the Saudi version that Khashoggi’s death was indeed an accident. Officials agreed to speak for this article subject to anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic.
This thrill has put a particularly bright headlight on State Secretary Mike Pompeo, as Trump sent to Ankara and Riyadh this past week to handle balloon controversy. Pompeo and government departments officials have gone out of their way to deny that the highest diplomat listened to the sounds that the Turks gave. “I’ve heard no band, I have not seen any transcript,” told Pompeo for reporters late last week.
By not examining these materials, the highest US diplomat is not in a clear position to disprove or confirm the Saudi account, the diplomats said with the situation.
“If secretary Pompeo was offered to listen to the sound recording, he was smart to say no,” said Soner Cagaptay, a Turkish researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “You can not unlist it, and when you listen to it, you can not say certain things.”
A diplomat dealing with the question said that if Pompeo had heard the sound it would be a “total game switch” and demand a much more powerful US response.
In its announcement on Saturday, the Saudi government said it fired five senior officials and arrested 18 other saudis following the original investigation. The probationary probe carried out by the prosecutor found that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, was upset after a fistfight with a group of Saudi suspects.
At least 12 members of the Saudi team are linked to Saudi security services, and several have links to Mohammed, according to a review of passports, social media, local media reports and other material.
On Saturday, King Salman grew his support for the Crown Prince and charged him with the official review of Saudi Arabian intelligence apparatus.
The decision raised questions about the quality of Saudi Arabia’s investigation and investigation of its actions, which Pompeo represented as an important success for its journey.
“We talked about the importance of the investigation, to complete it on time and make sure it was open enough that we could evaluate the work done to get to the bottom of it,” told Pompeo for reporters on the asphalt in Riyadh before you leave the country “So that was the purpose of the visit. In that sense, it was extremely successful.”
The State Department refused to comment on Pompei’s satisfaction with Riyadh’s actions on Saturday.
An American official expressed dissatisfaction that Kushner’s close relationship with the Crown Prince was not enough to provide protection against the killing and now the administration is vulnerable to criticism that the United States faces the Saudis.
The official said that Trump is annoyed by the feeling that he was blind and of what he sees as Kushner’s misjudgment. Kushner has been in the Khashoggi case in recent days, which many in the administration look so favorable.
Another official said that the president is particularly sensitive to the unpleasant opticians in the situation, in view of the presence of middle-aged members, but it remains unclear whether he will take any action.
On Saturday, Trump repeated that he did not want to block American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and said, “It would hurt us much more than it would do … them.”
He also said he thought it was ” possible “, the crown prince did not know about the killing of Khashoggi, but two of his advisors said the president was privately skeptical that” murderous killers “perform the mission that Trump had previously turned as an opportunity.
When he decided how to handle Saudi matter, Trump has encountered conflicting advice from his counselors. His hawkian national security adviser, John Bolton, has stressed his view that the American-Saudi relationship is important to contain Iran, says advisor. Kushner has also emphasized the importance of keeping a strong report with the Saudis.
Republican late Lindsey O. Graham (SC) has told Trump that if he does not punish the Saudis, they will not respect him.
An important consideration in the mind of government, according to Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Is the belief that the Crown Prince can save Kushner’s suspended peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians. “Many of the Middle East peace plans are based on their support. They feel they have a lot of equity there,” said Corker.
Trump allies confirmed that White House’s equivalents would probably result in growing calls from Congress for a more credible account of events from Saudi Arabia, but they doubted that it would hurt the president politically.
“I do not think it hurts as much as some media say,” says Marc Short, Trump’s former head of government. However, he noted that “if the administration is reluctant to come out and quickly condemn, create a vacuum where Congress wants to fill that vacuum. “