But as Saudi Arabia has bungled its response to killing it for weeks, then calling it an accident, and later…
But as Saudi Arabia has bungled its response to killing it for weeks, then calling it an accident, and later acknowledging evidence of mediation – Mr Erdog’s attitude has changed.
As the criticism has mounted, he apparently has calculated that he can handle a seriously close blow to Prince Mohammed to permanently paralyze him. When other news in the West threatened to drive mr. Khashoggi from the headlines, Turkish Allies of Erdogan have reached Western journalists and investigated ways to keep it alive.
In Washington where the middle elections have narrowed news of the case over the past two weeks, the Trump Administration is expected to announce economic sanctions against Saudi officials in connection with the murder, according to current and former officials.
The administration has also shown growing impatience with Saudi Arabia’s handling of the war in Yemen. Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Prime Minister Mike Pompeo called on all sides to end hostilities and participate in UN-led negotiations. But Saudi Arabian leaders did not move immediately to limit their disturbances, which were angry with the Trump administration, according to former officials.
“The Saudis has escalated; they have intensified the war,” said Bruce Riedel, an expert in Saudi Arabia at the Brookings Institution. “There is a lot of public prosecution from both the State Secretary and the Secretary of Defense of Saudi Nations. The Administration has not said anything about it, but that would be their response to limiting the aviation fuel.”
The American support for the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen has been deeply controversial, especially as civilian victims have assembled – many children are among the victims – and famine from the war has grabbed the country.
The administration has faced growing bipartisan criticism of the US military’s support for the Saudi campaign. On Friday, Senator Todd Young, Republican Indiana and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat in New Hampshire, demanded an end to the aviation fuel mission.