Saudi Arabia Vows to Retaliate After Trump Threatens ‘Severe Punishment’ Over Fate of Missing Journalist


Saudi Arabia said that it “rejects any threats” and will retaliate against any punitive steps with “greater action,” following President Donald Trump‘s comments about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A statement issued by the official Saudi news agency, citing an unnamed official, said the government “affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations”

The statement does not mention the United States or Khashoggi, but declares Saudi Arabia “also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action.”

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent Saudi dissident, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say they have evidence he was murdered and dismembered, a charge Saudi Arabia denies.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Trump said that there will be “severe punishment” if it turns out Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Khashoggi.

[Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images]

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