President Donald Trump questioned that US intelligence officials have definitely come to the conclusion that the Saudi crown prince ordered…
President Donald Trump questioned that US intelligence officials have definitely come to the conclusion that the Saudi crown prince ordered the assassination of US based Jamal Khashoggi, while continuing to point out the importance of maintaining economic ties with the empire.
A confidential Central Intelligence Agency’s report on Khashoggi’s death states that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “may have done that,” said Trump on Thursday, referring to a request for the journalist to be killed. But the CIA did not “notice” that the prince made the demand, the president told reporters at a press conference on his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “1
9659002″ You may finish maybe he did or maybe he did not, “said Trump about the CIA report. “If he did or if he did not, he denies it strongly.”
Several news organizations, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, have reported that the CIA concluded the Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi’s murder in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s assertion that he was not involved. CIA officials have high confidence in their conclusion, based on several sources of intelligence, the mail reported on November 16.
“They did not come to the conclusion,” said Trump on Thursday. “They have feelings in some ways.”
The president added that he did not know if anyone could ever conclude that the Crown Prince demanded the murder.
Trump’s comments come after days to confirm its support for Saudi Arabia. Trump repeated his backing on Thursday and promised the country to be a strong allied, buy military equipment from American companies and keep oil prices low.
“Do you really want people to give up hundreds of thousands of jobs?” Saw Trump. “Frankly, if we went according to this standard, we would not be able to get someone who is allied, to see what’s happening around the world.”
Congress leaders have been more skeptical about the crown prince’s denials. The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Bob Corker, and the panel’s ranking democrat, Bob Menendez, called on a human rights law on Tuesday to demand a formal American determination of whether the prince is responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. Such determination may trigger further penalties.
“To see a global depression, you only need to get the oil price $ 50 a barrel,” said Trump. “We want low oil prices and Saudi Arabia has really done a good job.”