John Brennan: Trump Shouldn’t Meet with Saudi Prince — He Should Make Him an ‘International Pariah’


On Wednesday, former CIA chief John Brennan spoke with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the wake of the intel briefing on Capitol Hill on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Brennan advised that the prince be treated as a “pariah”.

In the above clip, Brennan first expressed why National Security Adviser John Bolton really ought to have listened to the audio tape of the murder, despite not speaking Arabic, because you can glean information from it anyway, and it’s his job to advise the president about raw intel just like it.

Mitchell then turned to the question of the president meeting with the prince in person, which Trump told the Washington Post that he “certainly would” do if it came up.

“Mohammad bin Salman arrived in Argentina in advance of the G20, the president is going to be going down there, there’s no no one-on-one meeting scheduled right now,” she said, “but should the president meet with Mohammad bin Salman?”

“Well, if Donald Trump is going to meet him in order to look him in the eye and say, and read him the riot act, that this was outrageous and his involvement is well beyond the pale, and that he is going to be held to account, then there’s a reason to meet with him,” said Brennan. “But I think the chances of that happening, in terms of Donald Trump saying that, are fairly remote.”

“So no, I think Mohammad bin Salman needs to be shunned and, you know, be an international pariah at this point,” he continued. “Because of what he did to this American journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.”

“So I don’t think Donald Trump should not meet with him unless he is going to, as I said, read him the riot act,” he concluded.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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