President Donald Trump is defending Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even though the CIA says the prince personally ordered the gruesome murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump released a statement that contradicted the CIA report, which he has not read:
Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran
CNN reporter Pamela Brown said Trump’s statement “is stunning on a number of levels, particularly the fact that the president hasn’t even received the report from his intelligence community… Essentially what he is saying in this statement is that it doesn’t matter if the crown prince had any involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”