US PRESIDENT Trump downplays ‘very premature’ report on CIA assessment of Khashoggi killing

CIA: Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Ordered The Murder Of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The US State Department said it has not reached a final conclusion over the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, just one day after reports said the CIA blamed the powerful crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman.
"Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Trump admin downplays CIA conclusion MbS ordered Khashoggi hit


“Most of these people [being sanctioned] are in prison, other than the crown prince,” Paul continued. “We need to punish who ordered this, who’s in charge. … If the president wants to act strongly, he should cut off the arm sales” over Khashoggi and because of civilian deaths in the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen’s civil war.
President Trump continues to express skepticism that MBS is implicated in Khashoggi’s death, and he suggested in an interview airing on Fox Sunday he might keep a close alliance with the Saudi prince even if he is guilty of the journalist’s murder. He has repeatedly resisted calls to end weapons deals with Riyadh, claiming the economic toll on the United States would be too high.

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Trump admin downplays CIA conclusion MbS ordered Khashoggi hit
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|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|President Trump on Saturday downplayed Friday's report that the CIA has concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


“They haven’t assessed anything yet. It’s too early. That was a very premature report,” Trump told reporters. “We’ll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday,” he said, adding that it will include “who did it.”

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The president also praised Saudi Arabia as “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development.” He has repeatedly resisted calls to end U.S. arms sales to Riyadh over Khashoggi’s death and the Saudi military interventionin Yemen’s civil war, claiming the economic toll on the United States would be too high. Bonnie KristianSUNDAY SHOWSRand Paul says ‘the evidence is overwhelming’ the Saudi crown prince is involved in Khashoggi’s murder

“I think the evidence is overwhelming” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Face the Nation Sunday. “I don’t think we can sweep this under the rug.”

Paul reiterated his push to end U.S. arms sales to the Saudi government in retaliation for Khashoggi’s killing, decrying the administration’s plan to sanction other parties involved. “I think sanctions are pretending to do something without really doing anything,” the senator said.

“Most of these people [being sanctioned] are in prison, other than the crown prince,” Paul continued. “We need to punish who ordered this, who’s in charge. … If the president wants to act strongly, he should cut off the arm sales” over Khashoggi and because of civilian deaths in the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen’s civil war.

President Trump continues to express skepticism that MBS is implicated in Khashoggi’s death, and he suggested in an interview airing on Fox Sunday he might keep a close alliance with the Saudi prince even if he is guilty of the journalist’s murder. He has repeatedly resisted calls to end weapons deals with Riyadh, claiming the economic toll on the United States would be too high.

Watch Paul’s comments in context below. Bonnie Kristian

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.@RandPaul tells @margbrennan he “thinks the evidence is overwhelming that the Crown Prince was involved” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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