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Reported by / Abeer Almadawy

Though  all the criticism that posed  to the U.S. President Donald Trump for his situation with Saudi Arabia because of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi ,Trump declared today in an interview his defense for Saudi Arabia as an important ally in the Middle East despite the  “very vicious” murder of Khashoggi.

In an aired interview ,Trump was asked about  the case of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and if US will take a decision of punishment against Saudi Arabia for committing this brutal crime as well he was asked about crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman if he was indulging in this crime and if he who ordered to kill  Khashoggi?

president Trump replied  that Saudi Arabia is an important Ally in the Middle East while the crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman had no knowledge about the killing.

 Adding ; Well, will anybody really know?” US president Donald Trump said

Also the US president was asked whether he listened to the audio recording of the murder or not ?

Trump said During the Fox News interview, that Turkey has given the U.S. government the tape but he doesn't want to listen to It because of it’s a suffering .

" it’s a terrible tape.” US president added

The interview was taped on Friday, hours before government sources said the CIA had briefed the Trump administration on the murder and its belief that MbS ordered it.

Trump said on Saturday that the CIA assessment was “very premature” and in the interview that aired on Sunday he said it may never be possible to know who ordered Khashoggi’s murder.

Trump faces intense pressure from senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers to take tougher action against Saudi Arabia. Some have said the United States should suspend arms sales to the kingdom and drop his support for MbS, but Trump has so far resisted that pressure.

The U.S. government on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their alleged role in the killing, but the sanctions did not target the Saudi government.

 

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