Trump’s Statement Siding With Saudi Arabia on Khashoggi Murder Draws Confusion, Outrage: ‘Full of Lies’


Political observers are apoplectic over the news that President Donald Trump and his administration have sided squarely with Saudi Arabia on Jamal Khashoggi‘s death.

Even though the U.S. intelligence community has reportedly seen evidence that the Saudi royal family was directly responsible for Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment inside their government’s Turkish consulate, the White House has issued a press release saying Trump will stand with Saudi Arabia in spite of that.

There’s a lot going on in the factually-challenged statement, but so far, people have especially taken notice of how Trump deflects by pointing to Iran’s international wrongdoing, calls the Saudis a “great ally,” repeats their smears of Khashoggi as an “enemy of the state,” and concludes by declaring “America First!”

The takeaway for many Twitter users is that Trump will do nothing to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s death. There’s already an online avalanche of critics lambasting the president for basically shrugging at the autocratic murder of a journalist.

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