'Maybe world' is to blame for Khashoggi killing, Trump posits

'Maybe world' is to blame for Khashoggi killing, Trump posits

'Maybe world' is to blame for Khashoggi killing, Trump posits

The crown prince and his father said they did not commit "this atrocity", Trump said while on vacation in Florida.

"This is not the right approach".

Trump has been the Crown Prince's most powerful global ally during the fallout of Khashoggi's death, standing by the 33-year-old heir to the Saudi throne and prioritizing the US' relationship with the kingdom.

President Trump days later overruled the Central Intelligence Agency, in a full-page rambling official statement posted to the White House website.

Pressed Thursday on whether his message to foreign leaders is that they can act with impunity, Trump said "no".

"Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly killing of Jamal Khashoggi would not be tolerated.

A critic of MBS, Khashoggi had resisted pressure from Riyadh for him to return home.

A Saudi prosecutor later said Khashoggi's body had been dismembered, removed from the diplomatic mission and handed to an unidentified "local cooperator".




Victim: US-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Turkey.

The 59-year-old had gone there for documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

Saudi Arabia initially rejected its officials were behind the killing, but as Turkish authorities continued to leak evidence of high-level involvement, Riyadh eventually backtracked and admitted that he was killed by "rogue" operatives. Earlier this month, Germany also started a boycotting campaign including sales that have already been approved.

"These measures. aim to prohibit these individuals from entering national territory and the entire Schengen area" of Europe, the ministry said in a statement.

Trump's reasoning was that Saudi Arabia and the United States are partners in opposing Iran and the Saudis have committed to $450 billion in weapons contracts and other investments, as well as being a major oil producer.

They tasked a group of 50 lawyers to file a complaint with the Tunisian courts to oppose the visit, lawyer Nizar Boujlel said. "We do not want to upset our relations either", he said, but added Ankara would do anything to shed light on the murder.

Jubeir insisted that Prince Mohammed had not been involved in the killing. It would be the first official contact between the prince and Erdogan. "The custodian of the two holy mosques (King Salman) and the crown prince are a red line", Jubeir said. "If there is a request, there could be a meeting but our president will decide".

Upon arrival to the UAE, Prince Mohammed was warmly embraced by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

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