Trump Defies CIA on Saudi Prince's Role in Khashoggi Killing

These same people still chant “Bush lied, people died”. Daily reminder that all 16 intellicence agencies concluded that Iraq had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction.

President Donald Trump disputed that U.S. intelligence officials have definitively concluded that Saudi’s crown prince ordered the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi, while continuing to tout the importance of maintaining economic ties with the Kingdom.

A confidential Central Intelligence Agency report on Khashoggi’s death says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “might have done it,” Trump said Thursday, referring to a demand that the journalist be killed. But the CIA “didn’t conclude” that the prince made the demand, the president told reporters during a press conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

“You can conclude maybe he did or maybe he didn’t,” Trump said about the CIA report. “Whether he did or whether he didn’t, he denies it vehemently.”

Several news organizations including the Washington Post and New York Times have reported that the CIA concluded the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s assassination in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claim he wasn’t involved. CIA officials have high confidence in their conclusion, which is based on multiple sources of intelligence, the Post reported Nov. 16.

“They did not come to a conclusion,” Trump said Thursday. “They have feelings certain ways.”

The president added that he didn’t know if anyone will ever be able to conclude that the crown prince demanded the murder.

Trump’s comments come after days of affirming his support for Saudi Arabia. Trump reiterated his backing Thursday, praising the country for being a strong ally, purchasing military equipment from U.S. companies, and keeping oil prices low.

“Do people really want me to give up hundreds of thousands of jobs?” Trump said. “Frankly if we went by this standard, we wouldn’t be able to have anybody as an ally, because look at what happens all over the world.”

Congressional leaders have been more skeptical of the crown prince’s denials. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Bob Menendez, invoked a human rights-related law on Tuesday to require a formal U.S. determination of whether the prince is responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. Such a determination could trigger additional sanctions.

“If you want to see a global depression all you have to do is lift the oil price $50 a barrel,” Trump said. “We want low oil prices and Saudi Arabia’s really done a good job.”

His own national security staff has said repeatedly that there is no “smoking gun” to show The Prince was behind Khashoggi’s killing.

Even if he was it’s an internal Saudi matter and no more egregious than the hundreds or thousands of human rights violations they commit every year.

The are the only real force other than ourselves to counter the Iranian threat and they still control enough of the world’s petroleum production that getting sideways with them over this would be a catastrophically stupid mistake.

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Interesting our intelligence agencies (oxymoron) claim they know who killed Khashoggi.

How many were there to witness the act? Hearsay?? Devine providence? Crystal ball?
A paid informant?


The best surveillance money can buy.

You mean the same surveillance they did on Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction??

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No, we’re generations past that for sure. They had the embassy closely monitored with audio, visual, and satellite imagery.

They know who the players, at least most of them, were when it came to his torture, death, and dismemberment.

Other than a call after the event though so far nothing has been produced that shows the Prince having had any say in his capture, torture, death, or dismemberment.

I couldn’t care less if a Saudi National who supported the Muslim Brotherhood got knocked off. If Democrats cared this much about Ambassador Stevens death, we might be in a different situation.



Forget Khashoggi. We’ve been down this insane path before in 1979. Shit-for-brains leftist Jimmy Carter lost staunch American ally Iran to Islamic brutes because he abandoned Shah Pahlavi. The Shah was a brutal dictator, but he was far less brutal than the Islamic butchers who took the US embassy. He was OUR dictator.

Of course you can post a link that proves that little tidbit.

Who cares ? What business is it of ours ? How many Americans were killed by foreigners in foreign land and past president did NOTHING but talk !! Why should Trump trust the CIA ?

It has worked so well in the past.

Libya comes to mind as well as Egypt.

The left and CIA with their brilliance on full display. Th same leftists who scream about getting out of Iraq, that worked well and Afghanistan where we remained for 8 years under a democrat president.

Yes, yes I do.

Both the CIA and Turkish intelligence had the embassy under surveillance.

Sure he was, after we kicked out their democratically elected leader.