Trump’s Tap-Dancing On Khashoggi Death Highlights Decades-Old Saudi Ties

Why Does POTUS Continue To Float Absurd Theories About 'Rogue Killers'?

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Rolling Stone: “Turkish authorities claimed last week that the journalist, [Jamal Khashoggi],who had been critical of the Saudi regime, was lured into the consulate by Saudi agents, who then killed him, dismembered his body with a bone saw and transported the remains out of the consulate in bags. Turkish officials, who say they possess audio and video of the assassination, allege that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi royal court.”

“The Saudi government has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, although it has been reported that they are preparing to acknowledge Khashoggi was killed as part of a botched interrogation, contradicting their initial claim that he left the consulate shortly after arriving.”

“On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to Saudi Arabian King Salman, and that the ruler ‘denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened’ to Khashoggi.

‘The king firmly denied any knowledge of it,’ Trump said again. ‘He didn’t really know… I don’t want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe this could have been rogue killers. Who knows? We’re going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial.'”

“Trump has had extensive business ties with Saudi Arabia, beginning in the ’90s and extending well into his presidential administration. The Saudis have paid millions to Trump for everything from a yacht to apartments, and their government has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Trump’s hotels since he took office. The conflict of interest is staggering considering the president’s refusal to divest his interests in the Trump Organization.”

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