Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

US Lawmakers Split With Trump on Khashoggi Killing

US Lawmakers Split With Trump on Khashoggi Killing

Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, said he disagreed with the president's assessment, saying it was "inconsistent with the intelligence I've seen".

In wake of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder and dismemberment, allegedly ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself, and as the Yemen war continues to erupt, United States President Donald Trump keeps taking credit for falling oil prices.

"I do think we need to look into [the Khashoggi killing] further..." She says Trump has "chosen to weaponize" and "politicize" the immigration issue.

King Hamad added that Saudi Arabia will continue its leading global role to maintain regional and worldwide peace and security under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the Crown Prince. He said Mohammed bin Salman "contributed to murdering somebody overseas and it is not strength to sort of mumble past that".

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Trump's response to Khashoggi's death harms the USA around the world.

But Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst (pictured above) declined to criticize Trump over his response.

"It causes our standing in the world to plummet, it telegraphs to despots around the world that they can murder people then impunity, and that this president will have their back as long as they praise him", he said on "State of the Union." "In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". "Strength is telling the truth even when it's hard".

FILE - Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, returns to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing after a break on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

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Corker also said that there could be action in his committee as soon as Wednesday on Saudi Arabia, though senators are still discussing what legislative proposals could come up during that meeting.

"Now you don't have to be the Central Intelligence Agency to put things together and say how could this have happened without the prince being involved", King said Sunday on the CBS News program "Face the Nation".

Trump was meanwhile hailing his good ties with Riyadh and the low oil price.

But even some of those who have sided with Trump in the past have begun to tire of his steadfast defense of Mohammed in the face of clear evidence of human rights abuses and U.S. intelligence's high-confidence assessment implicating the prince in Khashoggi's October killing. Trump, in his statement, adamantly rejected any type of sanctions against the Saudi government, asserting that it is unclear exactly what happened with Khashoggi and that the U.S.' alliance with Saudi Arabia is too important economically and militarily to jeopardize. "Very simply it is called America First!"

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