Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince

Senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince

Donald Trump says he is standing by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince despite a Central Intelligence Agency assessment Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and as senators plea for the US President to condemn the kingdom's de facto ruler.

Reuters journalists Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason, and Steve Holland sat with the Commander in Chief, and among the many news items to emerge is Trump's steadfast support of MBS.

Asked to respond to the CIA's assessment that the crown prince, known as MBS, ordered Khashoggi's murder, Pompeo said, "Some of the reporting you've seen on that has been inaccurate".

Saudi Arabia's refusal to extradite the suspected killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is "very disappointing", said Turkey's presidential communications director on Monday.

"I hate to see what's going on in Yemen, but it takes two to tango", Trump said in an interview with Reuters.

During an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Mr. Trump again brushed off bipartisan criticism that he's been too lenient on the crown prince. "Honestly, I can't comment on it because I had not heard that at all".

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and USA resident, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, provoking an political crisis in Saudi Arabia and tearing relations with the United States and other Western allies.

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London, Britain, September 29, 2018.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said investigations into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were still ongoing but that the United States would hold those found responsible accountable for his death.

The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials last month for their role in the killing, stopping short of action that might affect lucrative USA arms deals with Saudi Arabia that Trump has vowed to preserve.

Turkey said on Monday the world should seek justice for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under global law after Riyadh ruled out extraditing two senior Saudi officials who Turkish officials suspect planned his killing in Istanbul. "They work with us on issues that provide security for America and for Israel".

"And I really hope that people aren't going to suggest that we should not take hundreds of billions of dollars that they're going to siphon off to Russian Federation and to China", Trump said.

Mr Trump said he could abide by legislation ending USA support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, a proxy war with regional rival Iran that has led to a deepening humanitarian disaster.

"I just haven't heard that", Trump said.

"The chairman wants to make amendments to it that I feel will significantly detract from the sanctions", Menendez said.

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