Trump frets over arms sales as worldwide outrage over disappearance of Saudi critic grows
President Donald Trump has demanded answers from Saudi Arabia after the suspected murder of a US-based Saudi critic in Turkey, but ultimately seemed unwilling to block arms sales to the country.
Saudi Arabia is widely suspected of having murdered Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate on October 2.
US Senators and global authorities have expressed outrage at the critics disappearance, with one saying the US should consider halting arms sales.
Trump on Wednesday said he didn’t want to block arms sales, which he’s often touted as a big achievement.
Saudi Arabia stands accused of using US arms in war crimes in Yemen, but the US still arms them.
President Donald Trump has demanded answers from Saudi Arabia after the suspected murder of a US-based Saudi critic in Turkey, but has so far seemed unwilling to block arms sales to the country.
Jamal Khashoggi, 59, a prominent journalist and insider-turned-critic of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to file paperwork to get married. He never returned to his fiance, and the Saudis have not yet proven he ever left the building.
Turkish authorities alleged that a 15-person hit team flew in to kill and dispose of Khashoggi, and that Saudi officials have not cooperated in the investigation.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 22 US senators called for an investigation of the incident that could bring sanctions down on Saudi Arabia, a staunch US ally. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that if the Saudis did have Khashoggi killed, then the Senate could work to halt arms sales to the country.
But while Trump appeared to agree in principal that the case bore investigating, he told Fox News he didn’t go for curtailing arms sales, which he’s held up as a grand …read more
Source:: Business Insider