October 24, 2018
Trump has made the right call here.
He’s distancing himself from Saudi Arabia before the midterms.
US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “the worst cover-up ever”.
He added that whoever organised the plot “should be in big trouble”.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, shortly afterwards, that the US “will punish those responsible” and is revoking visas of 21 identified suspects.
The US has faced pressure to toughen its stance on Saudi Arabia, a key ally.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr Trump said: “They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover up was the worst in the history of cover-ups.”
“Where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, when they thought about it,” he continued. “Because whoever thought of that idea, I think is in big trouble. And they should be in big trouble.”
He also said that he would go with whatever Congress recommends in terms of sanctions and cutting the arms deal, taking it out of his own hands.
And then, for once, someone in his cabinet who isn’t named Stephen Miller actually agreed with what his boss said and backed him up, instead of saying the complete opposite to the eager press.
Yes, Pompeo did good.
In a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Mr Pompeo said that he and the president were “not happy with the situation”.
“We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence,” he said.
When asked whether the US would accept Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s explanation of the incident, Mr Pompeo said: “We’re going to accept what America learns.”
“We have people working all across the world to put our own understanding together. We have to develop our own data set. We will learn the facts ourselves.”
From all smiles:
To more suspicious:
The whole Saudi thing though.
Just taking a step back and looking at it all.
It really is a tectonic shift in US foreign policy to not back these savages to the hilt.
I suspect that someone in Washington has decided that MBS needs to go.
He’s an incompetent cartoon villain.
It’s time to put a more PR-friendly guy into power.
Me, personally, I’m hoping for an Arab Spring-type coup and an ensuing civil war.
Only because I want the ghost of Gaddafi to be proven right, with literally every Arab regime that sided with Jews against the good colonel to be destroyed in turn.
They really all do deserve it.