FAST FIVE: Trump Praises Saudi Arabia After CIA Blames Crown Prince For Khashoggi's Murder
Hours after the publication of a bombshell CIA report claiming that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had almost certainly ordered the killing of Saudi dissident and former US resident Jamal Khashoggi, responses from lawmakers and senior US government officials – including the president himself – are rolling in.
They have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development.” Trump continued: “And I also think that you know, I'm president, I have to take a lot of things into consideration so we will be talking to the CIA later and lots of others.
President Trump said he will be briefed today on the CIA report that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi while also calling Saudi Arabia “a truly spectacular ally.” https://t.co/nBN7c0XUnK pic.twitter.com/RxNtSXEZ8k – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 17, 2018 Playing the bad cop to Trump's good cop, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a decidedly more aggressive statement about the CIA report, telling a group of pool reporters on Saturday that “couldn't comment on classified information” but assured them that Khashoggi's death was an “atrocity” that would be punished by the US, per the Hill.
During the call with Khashoggi, the CIA says, KbS assured the journalist that he wouldn't be harmed if he visited the Istanbul consulate, where he would be able to retrieve paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiance.
For what it's worth, Khalid bin Salman denies that he ever instructed Khashoggi to visit the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.