By Deb Riechmann and Jill Colvin | AP November 23 at 12:08 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump questioned that US…
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump questioned that US intelligence officials had come to the conclusion that the de facto leader of the American Allied Saudi Arabia ordered to kill a US journalist critically against the royal royal family of the Kingdom.
Critical denials of the Crown Prince and the King that they were involved said Trump on Thursday that “maybe the world should be held responsible for the world’s evil place. The world is a very, very evil place.”
Critics in Congress and High Officials in other countries accuse Trump of ignoring human rights and giving Saudi Arabia a passport for economic reasons, including its influence on the world market for the oil market.
Trump said this week he would not impose severe punishment on Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the death and fragmentation of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.
“My policy is very simple: America first, keep America well again, and that’s what I do, Trump told reporters after a phone call with thanksgiving day with military members.
Crown Prince and his father, King Salman, said that They did not commit “This cruelty,” said Trump.
“It’s a terrible thing. I dislike it more than you do. But the fact is … they create tremendous wealth, really huge jobs in their purchases and much more importantly, they keep oil prices down. “
US intelligence services have come to the conclusion that the Crown Prince ordered the killing of the Saudi consulate in Turkey, according to a US official who is familiar with the assessment. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on terms of anonymity. Is aware of the case, warns that while it is likely that the Crown Prince was involved in death, questions remain about the extent of his guilt. 19659014] Several legislators have stated that the United States has no “smoking gun” proving that the Crown Prince was responsible. They have called on the CIA and other top intelligence agencies to share publicly what they told the president about slaying.
“I hate the crime,” said Trump while on vacation in Florida. “I hate what’s been done. I hate the cover and I’ll tell you this – the crown prince hates it more than I do. “
He said the CIA” points in both directions and as said, maybe he did, maybe he did not. But I will say very strongly that it is a very important alliance and if we go to a certain standard, we will not be able to have allies with almost all countries. “
He has also attenuated the idea that his refusal to punish the Saudis will more embellish other governments to go after journalists and commit other human rights violations.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo noted that the US has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials suspected of involvement in killing.
“We have sanctioned 17 people – some of them very senior in the Saudi government,” Pompeo said Wednesday in a radio interview with KCMO in Kansas City, Missouri. “We will make sure America always stands for human rights. “
Saudi prosecutors have said that a 15-mans team sent to Istanbul killed Khashoggi with sedatives and threw their body, which has not been found. These results came after the Saudi authorities spent weeks denying that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate.
Some legislators have triggered investigations about Khashoggi and especially about Kro Nprinsen was responsible. The investigations were requested in accordance with the provisions of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
The act requires the President to report back to the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs within 120 days – in this case no later than February 7 – if the Crown Prince was responsible for illegal killing, torture or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against anyone exercising freedom of speech and decision of the administration whether sanctions are justified.
Colvin reported from Palm Beach, Florida.
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