MSNBC Host Suggests Saudis Are Bribing Trump So They Can Assassinate Critics

Angelo Anderson
October 11, 2018

President Trump on Wednesday appeared reluctant to consider blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the disappearance last week of a Washington Post columnist after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Pro-government Turkish daily Sabah on Wednesday published preliminary evidence from investigators it said identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Corker's comments highlight a growing tension between Congress, which is calling for action on Khashoggi, and the White House, where President Donald Trump has indicated he's aware of Saudi responsibility but signaled that he's unwilling to take punitive steps, particularly ending arms sales to the kingdom because of the U.S. jobs they generate.

Later on Thursday, Trump told reporters at the White House that he saw no reason to block Saudi Arabian investments in the United States despite the Khashoggi incident, saying the Gulf nation would then just move its money into Russian Federation and China. "I don't want to prejudge, but if it goes down the road that I'm anxious about it going down, contempt will be met with contempt", he said. "We have to see what happens". And we will get to the bottom of it.

"That sounds like it goes right to the top, Mr. President", he said.

The Senate "barely" approved the last round of arms sales, Corker said he told Prince Khalid bin Salman. "We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available".

Mr Trump said he had spoken with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", but he did not disclose details of his conversations.

"We think that there is very little hope that Jamal is still alive".

The Washington Post, where Khashoggi had been a regular contributor over the past year, also demanded answers.

"Reports about Jamal's fate have suggested he was a victim of state-sponsored, cold-blooded murder", said Post publisher and chief executive Fred Ryan. "Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable. We are demanding everything".

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicised drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

The move from Congress ratchets up pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a USA resident and critic of the kingdom who disappeared after entering the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul went a step further, calling on the USA to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia if they're found to have been involved.

"This isn't a case of differing opinion on the facts, it's abuse of social media by state actors using bot accounts on a large scale to confuse narratives, spread false information and harass opponent", said Ahmed Gatnash, co-founder of the Kawaakibi Foundation, a think-tank which works to promote liberal values in the Muslim world, speaking to MEE.

The revelation marks a potentially explosive twist in the case of Mr. Khashoggi, 59, who vanished a week ago while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Riyadh insisted the Khashoggi left the building and called the murder claims "baseless". There is no footage of him leaving.

Senator Rand Paul said he would push for a vote in the Senate this week blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, however, has been a major USA ally in the Middle East since WWII, including serving as the launching pad for the 1991 Gulf War and, most recently, as the linchpin of regime change efforts directed against Iran and Syria.

The two sides have cooperated on challenging Iran, on supporting Israel and on the war against the Houthis.

He said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate this week blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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