A state television news bulletin said that a Saudi commission headed by the Crown Prince will spend a month to investigate. The bulletin asserted that he was killed in a “fist fight” with the men, as Saudi alleged had gone to Turkey to persuade Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia.
The king, who had completely denied knowledge of what happened to the journalist for more than two weeks, expressed “deep regret.” They offered no information about what happened to Khashoggi’s body. Turkish officials have told CNN that he was broken.
White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said the United States “acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and will “closely follow international investigations about this tragic event.”
The Crown Prince spoke to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if the announcement on Friday said a senior administration official.
Before the Saudi message, Trump stated that he was ready to act, told reporters on Friday that he wanted Congress to be involved in a US response. He also suggested that the United States conduct a probe in the Washington Post journalist’s October 2 disappearance in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“Getting to the bottom of it”
“We are doing surveys now, we have many people working with it and we have other countries working with it,” said Trump to reporters in Arizona . “It’s something we do not like, it’s very serious things and we’re coming to the bottom of it.”
“I will have a lot of congress to decide what to do,” he added.
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And there is likely to be doubt about Saudi official line. Soon after their announcement, Aaron David Miller, vice president of the nonpartisan Wilson Center, asked Twitter if it was “a royal whitewash?”
“Will it be enough to buy a Trump administration already Is it inclined to give Saudi’s benefit of doubt? “Miller asked. And he noted that the Crown Prince had been responsible for the investigation. “Fox has keys to chicken farm,” added Miller.
Trump needs Saudi Arabia for its foreign policy priorities. However, possible economic ties between the Trump family and Saudi Arabia complicate the image and raise questions about the president’s willingness to hit Riyadh.
It is likely that Miller and other foreign policy analysts are that the White House will strive to create a balance between a public punishment and an understanding that the relationship continues as at the end of the day.
They try to reconcile two irreconcilable, “said Miller, vice president of the non-partisan Wilson Center.” They must maintain the relationship with this horrible act. “The way to synthesize these two irreconcilable solutions, Miller said,” is with Negotiated punishment, a set of understandings that these are the actions the United States has to take, but we have every understanding that the relationship will continue. “
” They would say, “You will have to live with this and at the end of the road if we do not assume more violations, we can go back to business as usual, “Miller explained.
In theory, Trump’s arsenal of responses extends from diplomatic steps to financial penalties. However, some options are already out of the table.
Often during a diplomatic spit, a country will show its dissatisfaction by reminding its ambassador or declaring the ambassador of a country “PNG” or persona non grata – meaning they are no longer welcome to remain.
But Trump administration has not appointed anyone to be the US ambassador to Riyadh and soon after suspicions of Khashoggi disappearance began to intensify, Saudi Arabia called home his ambassador to the United States – a son of King Salman and brother of the Crown Prince.
Closing diplomatic posts
Another possibility would be to close Saudi consulates or other diplomatic posts or reduce their diplomatic staff in the United States, how the US did with Russia in 2017 over the fall of Moscow’s constituencies and in 2018 to express anger on Russia’s poisoning on Britain’s soil in a former Russian spy.
“All of these are options if you really wanted to punish them,” says Gerald Feierstein, a former US ambassador to Yemen, now director of the Middle East Institute.
Feierstein points to other areas where the United States can withdraw cooperation, such as temporary suspension of cooperation with Saudi intelligence agencies, “although it is a two-edged sword” said and noted that the United States gains as well as provides information.
“We can also say that we will freeze contacts with the Interior Ministry, or any security agencies involved” in Khashoggi’s obvious death, “said Feierstein. It may include “some of the special security organizations Mohammed bin Salman has established”, where some members of the 15-member camp of men suspected of traveling to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi seem to work.