Several Senate Republicans in the United States on Sunday rejected President Donald Trump’s support for Saudi Arabia after the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Some party lawmakers suggested that Congress should take additional measures.
Last week, Trump vowed to remain a “firm partner” of the kingdom and said it was unclear if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew of the plan to kill Khashoggi last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The president questioned the CIA’s assessment that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered Khashoggi’s murder and told reporters that the agency had not come to a definitive conclusion.
“I do not agree with the president’s assessment, it’s inconsistent with the intelligence I’ve seen,” which implicates the crown prince, said Republican Sen. Mike Lee in NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Lee cited the killing of Khashoggi as another reason why he has insisted on helping Saudi’s war effort in Yemen.
On November 15, the United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their role in the assassination of Khashoggi and the senators of the two main United States parties introduced legislation that would suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia by Khashoggi and its role in Yemen’s civil war.
Lawmaker Adam Schiff, who is in line to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee when the Democrats regain control of the chamber in January, has promised investigations into the Khashoggi case and whether the personal financial interests of Trump are dictating his Saudi policy.
“Look, the president is not being honest with the country about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “What is driving this?”
Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a critic of the crown prince, was killed on October 2. Riad initially denied knowing the disappearance of Khashoggi and then offered contradictory explanations.
“I think we should analyze this more thoroughly,” Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told CNN.
Ernst recognized the importance of Saudi Arabia as a strategic partner.
“However, we are also a very strong nation when it comes to human rights, when it comes to the rule of law,” Ernst said.
“And if there are indications that the prince was involved in this murder, then we must consider absolutely any other action.”
Senator Ben Sasse, a frequent critic of Trump, criticized Trump’s stance on the killing of Khashoggi as weak.
“Making the case realistically is different from being so weak that we do not tell the truth,” Sasse said on “Fox News Sunday.” Crown Prince Mohammed “contributed to murdering someone abroad and it is not strength to say that. The force is telling the truth even when it is difficult. “
Other Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Bob Corker, have not been relentless in their assessments of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.
“I never thought I would see the day when the White House would act as a public relations company for the crown prince of Saudi Arabia,” Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote on Twitter after Trump’s comments. Tuesday.