WPMNews.com – US President Donald Trump has shown strong support for Saudi Arabia even though the country was criticized internationally for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump said that Saudi Arabia is a “loyal partner” who has agreed to “over-record” investment values in the US.
Although he admitted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “might” have known the planned assassination of Khashoggi, the US still considered it important to prioritize the interests of good relations with the Saudis. A senior Saudi journalist, Khashoggi, was killed on October 2 while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Saudi Arabia has so far considered the death of Khashoggi due to the careless acts of his intelligence agent, but has repeatedly denied the allegation that the crown prince knew of the planned murder operation. While US media reported that the CIA believed Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the murder.
Responding to that, Trump said: “It is possible that the Crown Prince knows of the tragic event. Maybe he did it and maybe not!” On Tuesday, Trump said that the CIA’s findings had not concluded “100%” about the alleged links between Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and the murder.
In an interview on Sunday, the President told Fox News that he refused to listen to recordings of Khashoggi’s murders given by Turkish authorities, and called the record “full of suffering, and terrible”.
What’s in Trump’s statement?
“The world is a very dangerous place!”, Said Trump, before saying that Saudi Arabia was a US ally against Iran. The Saudi kingdom has spent “billions of dollars in leading a war against Radical Islamic Terrorism”, while Iran has “killed many US and other innocent people throughout the Middle East,” he said.
Trump’s statement also emphasizes the promise of Saudi investment and the purchase of weapons. “If we foolishly cancel this contract, Russia and China will be very large beneficiaries,” he added. Despite acknowledging the “terrible” murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Trump stated that “we might never know all the facts” about his death.
“The United States intends to remain a loyal partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.” Trump later said he would meet Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 meeting in Argentina next week if the crown prince attended.
But on the other hand, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein said she was surprised by Trump’s statement that he would not punish Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi’s “planned murder”. [dn]