State Department Spox Heather Nauert Under Fire For Smiley Pic in Saudi Arabia Amid Uproar Over Khashoggi


State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is drawing some heat on social media for a picture she posed for in Saudi Arabia.

Nauert posted the image to Instagram on Wednesday morning. In it, she’s seen smiling while standing in front of the Saudi Royal Court.


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#SaudiArabia at The Royal Court

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The picture comes as the world continues to inquire about Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance, especially since new indications suggest that the journalist was brutally murdered and dismembered weeks ago. As such, people have noticed Nauert’s Instagram post. Here’s a sampling of the criticism:

Nauert, according to a recent report from Politico, is under consideration from President Donald Trump to replace Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

On a separate but related note, Pompeo also drew flak in the last few days for smiling as he met with the Saudi crown prince to discuss Khashoggi.

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