WASHINGTON – The Trump administration, confronted with further evidence of a cover in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ran on Monday between defending the value of his alliance with Saudi Arabia and pushing the Saudi government for response.  The White House sent the director of CIA, Gina Haspel, to Istanbul to assist the Turkish government in investigating the killing, according to an official. But in Riyad, State Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an extensive meeting with Saudi Arabian crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of playing a role in the killing of Khayoggi, a Saudi dissident.
Mr. Mnuchin, who interrupted his attendance at this Saudi investment conference last week in the wake of Mr Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, spoke with Prince Mohammed on comments on economic ties and terrorism and on the investigation of Khashoggi’s death
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“I’m not happy with what I’ve heard,” said President Trump to reporters before flying to a rally in Texas.
But Trump repeated the value of the $ 110 billion weapon agreement he announced with Saudi Arabia, as well as other US affairs with the empire. “I do not want to lose the investment done in our country,” he said.
The meeting between Mnchin and Prince Mohammed was undisturbed and arrived at the request of the Saudi people according to a person familiar with the situation. But it is added to the portrait of a white house keen to move on from killing Mr. Khashoggi to a more routine relationship with his most important Arab ally.
The time, like the unusual decision to send Ms. Haspel to Turkey, emphasized that the furry was far from. Tisland’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday, promised to give a complete, unprotected account of what happened to Mr. Khashoggi.
Earlier this day, Trump’s grandson and senior counselor Jared Kushner, who has been the most important contact with Prince Mohammed, has doubted the truth of Saudi officials for the perfect work the White House is about in Washington.
“Every day, we’re talking about people trying to trick us in different ways,” said Kushner during a CNN forum in Manhattan. “But our job is to look through it, but also to focus on what is best for the American people.”
The administration has changed its tone several times on the Saudi response to the killing. But Mr Trump has stopped pointing a finger on Prince Mohammed and has consistently defended the 33-year heir to the Saudi throne that the White House has grown and sees as a critical partner in its efforts to isolate Iran. 19659002] Mr. Mnuchin was the first leading US official to meet face-to-face with Prince Mohammed since the Saudi government confirmed Friday that Mr. Khashoggi was killed. It had previously insisted that he left the consulate and disappeared afterwards.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs lost no time at the time of publication of the session and sent a photo on Twitter by Mr. Mnuchin sitting opposite Prince Mohammed in a sumptuous reception room listening while
Prince Mohammed stressed “the importance of the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and USA, where it plays an important role in the future in line with the Kingdom’s # Vision2030, “said the tweet, referring to Prince’s ambitious program to modernize his kingdom.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Finance said the meeting was aimed at combating terrorist financing and correcting Iran’s influences in the region and that the two men discussed the Khashoggi investigation.
The reason for skepticism seemed only deeper on Monday. The revelation that Saudis deployed a body twice gave rise to the multitude of doubts about the Saudi explanation of how Mr. Khashoggi, 59, died.
It suggested that there was a prevented plan to make Mr. Khashoggi disappear through death or abduction, and to cover it – possibly contradicting the Saudi insistence that his death was an inadvertent result of a mistake.
Mr. Trump, in an interview with USA Today, called it “a plot went wrong.”
On Monday CNN images showed leaked by the Turkish authorities, who showed that the body went across Istanbul wearing Mr Khashoggi clothes. The man was identified as Mustafa al-Madani, as described in his now removed Facebook profile as a Saudi state engineer.
Mr. Kushner, a key adviser to the peace process in Mideast, has developed a strong relationship with the Saudi crown prince.
He has talked to Prince Mohammed several times over the past week and has become critical of reports he has recommended Mr. Trump awaits before jumping to conclusions about Mr.. Khashoggi’s death.
“I think the president is once again focused on what’s good for America, what strategic interests are there,” Kushner said. “Where do we share interests with other countries? Let’s work against them. “
He made the remarks in his first television interview since the 2016 election, conducted by Van Jones political activist at the Citizen by CNN in Manhattan.
Mr Kushner said the president pay attention to getting answers, but he noted that Saudi had been a strategic alliance in the United States.
When Mr Jones noted that even Mr Trump had said that there were “fraud” and “lies” from the Saudis in relation to Khashoggi the case, Kushner offered a more subdued response.
“We get facts from multiple places,” he said. “Once these facts have arrived, the State Secretary will work with our national security team to help us decide what we want to believe. “
When Kushner was asked what he had personally given the crown prince, he responded” To be transparent. “He added:” The world is watching. “
Rejected criticism of his ties to the crown prince, Kus said finds out that he was not paying attention to his critics. At another point, he said that he only criticized if it was from someone he respected.