On This Week, host George Stephanopoulos spoke with both Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on the topic of the U.S.-Saudi relationship in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and both had choice words about the President’s actions. Just not the same president. Both Schiff and King, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Dick Durbin, and even Newt Gingrich elsewhere today, stated that they find the explanation from the Saudi government to be not credible. King further said that while Trump is correct that the Saudis making arrests is a first step, he said it not a “believable” step. He then said that there is a necessity of maintaining a relationship with Saudi Arabia that spans administrations, including that of former President Barack Obama. “During the Obama administration, I led Continue reading "GOP Rep. Peter King Roasts President for ‘Shielding’ Saudi Arabia… President Obama, That Is"
[jwviedo id = dwT3lx1h] Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doubled down on his condemnation of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman Sunday, recalling his past admiration for the leader by whom he now feels played in light of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. “MBS talks about reforming the country in a way that I liked,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “I never felt more used in my life. I introduced him when he was in Washington.” The senator has taken a particularly strong stance against the prince in recent days, condemning him for Khashoggi’s death which occurred after the journalist entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month. While President Donald Trump has accepted Saudi Arabia’s unfounded explanation that Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight, Graham wants action. “I find it impossible to believe that the crown prince was not involved, so go after him and his Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Says He’s ‘Never Felt More Used in My Life’ Than by MBS: ‘He’s Done to Me’"
During Howard Kurtz‘s Media Buzz on FOX News Channel on Sunday, FNC’s chief political anchor Bret Baier broke news when he exclusively interviewed Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, eliciting several admissions from the Minister as well as even more denials of culpability for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Not to mention a rebuffing of Sen. Rand Paul‘s earlier Fox appearance. In the first clip, above, Jubeir offered a timeline of their version of events, and said that the killing was a “huge and grave mistake.” He also said there were was an attempt to cover it up, and that they are trying to find Jamal Khashoggi‘s body or remains. He said the shifting story was because the investigation is continuing and even invoked Abu Ghraib. He put all the blame on the security team. “They told us [Khashoggi] left the consulate, came back to Continue reading "Saudi Foreign Minister on Fox News: Kashoggi Murder Was ‘Rogue’ and ‘They Tried to Cover It Up’"
Chris Wallace interviewed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Fox News Sunday on the Saudi government and whether President Donald Trump is covering for them in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. After calling the Saudi explanation of events “insulting” to anyone with an “intelligent background”, and saying that it “stretches credulity”, and there’s “no way” it’s what happened, when confronted with Trump calling their account credible, Paul became elusive. Wallace first outlined the Saudi account of events in brief and then asked Sen. Paul if he believes the account. “Absolutely not, I think it’s insulting to anyone who is analyzing this with any kind of intelligent background,” said Paul, and then he listed a series of negative observations about Saudi Arabia, including being the largest “state sponsor of radical Islam,” saying that it’s just the latest in a long line of offenses against the civilized word. The two then discuss Continue reading "After Rand Paul Blasts Saudi Explanation as ‘Insulting’, Fox’s Chris Wallace Asks Him Why Trump Believes It"
President Donald Trump spoke out about Jamal Khashoggi in a pool spray with reporters after his rally in Nevada on Saturday, and said he won’t be satisfied until he has answers on the killing. Trump was asked by a reporter if he was “satisfied” by the firing of some Saudi officials in connection with the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi writer and dissident. The Saudi Arabian government claimed on Friday night that Khashoggi was killed in a fight at the consulate in Istanbul. “No, I’m not satisfied until we find the answer,” Trump said. “But it was a big first step. It was a good first step. But I want to get to the answer.” Trump continued by noting “we have $450 billion” of equipment “ordered from Saudi Arabia,” which he claimed is creating one million jobs (he previously said these deals would create 40,000 jobs). “That’s not helpful Continue reading "Trump on Saudi Explanation of Khashoggi Killing: ‘I’m Not Satisfied Until We Find the Answer’"
Fred Ryan, the CEO and publisher of the Washington Post, has made it abundantly clear they will not be taking Saudi Arabia’s explanation of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi at face value. Khashoggi’s colleagues have been diligently working to get answers on what happened and on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering before and after his death. The paper even reported on a “whisper campaign” among conservatives to smear him. The announcement from Saudi Arabia that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate after a fight was met with serious skepticism, and the Post editorial board said it’s a complete fable that President Donald Trump should not be treating as credible. This afternoon Ryan issued a statement saying Saudi Arabia is continuing to lie and cover up the truth, calling on the President and Congress to demand actual evidence of what happened:
The Government of Saudi Arabia has shamefully and repeatedly offered Continue reading "Washington Post CEO and Publisher Slams Saudi Arabia for Giving ‘One Lie After Another’ on Khashoggi"
Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah had a pretty blunt reaction last night to Saudi Arabia’s explanation of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi.
She elaborated on CNN this afternoon, telling anchor Fredricka Whitfield, “The idea that Jamal––someone who is a 60-year-old man, wore glasses, anybody who knew him in life, was just a very kind, gentle man––that he would have died in a fight against 15 men, no, that was not a fight.” “It just lacks all credibility,” she said. “It’s insulting. It’s insulting to any sort of thinking person’s intelligence.” The Post posthumously ran his final column––which had a strong focus on the need for press freedom in Arab nations––this week. As far as the US response to his killing is concerned, President Donald Trump has said it’s a good first step. Attiah said everyone should Continue reading "Jamal Khashoggi’s Editor: Trump Doing ‘PR Work’ for Saudis by Calling Their Explanation Credible"
Utter bullshit.— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) October 20, 2018