Trump Writes Bonkers Defense of Saudi Prince for Murder of Journalist

An unexpected development in the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi comes after an Egyptian woman claimed to have married him at a secret wedding held in the US

An unexpected development in the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi comes after an Egyptian woman claimed to have married him at a secret wedding held in the US

A US official told The Associated Press that intelligence officials have concluded that bin Salman ordered the killing.

Mr Jubeir was also asked about comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the kill order came from the highest level of the Saudi leadership but probably not King Salman, which has put the spotlight instead on the 33-year-old crown prince.

Trump says he has been fully briefed on an audio recording of the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul last month, but has no intention of listening to it because of the violence it depicts.

Khashoggi was killed shortly after Germany and Saudi Arabia ended a diplomatic rift that lasted nearly a year and put at risk trade between the two nations. "It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States".

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" he said.

USA intelligence officials have concluded that Crown Prince M. bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de factor leader, ordered the October 2 killing of Khashoggi, according to a US official familiar with the assessment. He pointed out that the United States has imposed individual sanctions on 17 Saudis identified by Riyadh for their alleged involvement in the 2 October murder.

President Donald Trump says the US will not levy additional punitive measures at this time against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).




Germany's foreign minister on Monday said Berlin has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because they are believed to be connected to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The first two sentences - "America First!". "That being said, we may never know all of the facts".

The State Department said publicly Saturday no final conclusions had been reached. He said that the president's chief concern was American safety.

President Donald Trump said on November 17 that his administration will get a report in the next two days about Khashoggi's death.

Cicilline said there must be "real punishment" for Saudi Arabia and those responsible for the murder.

Without identifying them, al-Shalan said the Saudi prosecutor had requested the death penalty for five individuals "charged with ordering and committing the crime, and for the appropriate sentences for the other indicted individuals". The official said the government's reporting was being updated daily.

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