President Trump told reporters Monday that he has talked with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the death of Jamal Khashoggi and is “not satisfied with what I’ve heard.” He added that the Saudis need to be more forthcoming.
Trump further said he had rejected a request from Saudi Arabia to give them another month to complete the investigation, saying he believes “there’s no reason” for that much time to be taken.
Trump has long insisted he doesn’t want to do anything to Saudi Arabia to threaten US arms sales, or the “million jobs” he claims they will provide. Previously, he had said this was contingent on the royal family not being involved in the killing, which seems less and less likely.
Trump still seems unwilling to pin the death directly on the crown prince, however, and is just calling it a “plot gone awry.” He added that he doubts the official Saudi statement that Khashoggi got in a surprise fist-fight with the 15-man kill team and suddenly died.
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