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Colbert: Did Donald Trump Just Cover for a Murderous Autocrat? Maybe He Did, Maybe He Didn’t

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, the host’s opening monologue mostly centered on Donald Trump‘s official statement released earlier in the day essentially letting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the hook for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Today, the president also pardoned Saudi Arabia,” said Colbert in the set-up. He gave the background briefly, noting the CIA was about to release a report blaming the Prince and that Trump jumped in front of it to say otherwise. He went through the statement.

“It starts out with a calm, reassuring message,” said Colbert, before switching the mock Trump voice to quote the statement. “‘The world is a very dangerous place!'”

“It is now! Apparently, you can kill a Washington Post journalist and the president don’t give a damn,” he said, “because Trump’s official presidential decision on who is is to blame for this murder is a resolute ‘I unno.'”

Colbert read the portion of Trump’s statement that became infamous in a matter of hours: “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

“Did Donald Trump just knowingly provide cover for a murderous autocrat?” asked Colbert. “Maybe he did, and maybe he didn’t.”

He mocked the phrase several times. “A Magic 8-Ball would have taken a firmer stance,” he said.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CBS.

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