- Trump reiterated uncertainty over Crown Prince’s involvement in the murder
- But CIA has reportedly determined that bin Salman did order hit on Khashoggi
- President says he expects to receive a briefing from CIA sometime on Saturday
- Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2
President Donald Trump has continued to cast doubt on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even after the CIA reportedly concluded that he ordered the hit. The Saudi government has denied that claim.
‘We haven’t been briefed yet. The CIA is going to be speaking to me today,’ Trump told reporters on Saturday morning before leaving the White House for a visit to California. ‘As of this moment we were told that he did not play a role. We’re going to have to find out what they have to say.’
Trump said he will be talking with ‘the CIA later and lots of others’ while he was on Air Force One, and would also speak with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In his remarks outside the White House, the president spoke of Saudi Arabia as ‘a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development.’ ‘I have to take a lot of things into consideration’ when deciding what measures to take against the kingdom.