Khashoggi’s Editor: Trump Made U.S. Look Like ‘Servants’ to Regime That Butchers Washington Post Journalists


Karen Attiah, who was Jamal Khashoggi‘s editor at the Washington Post before he was murdered, condemned President Donald Trump on Tuesday for making the United States appear subservient to the Gulf country.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Attiah for her reaction to Trump’s widely criticized statement in which he defended Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who the CIA reportedly concluded ordered the brutal killing.

“I was stunned and disgusted and sickened,” Attiah said. “We all deserve better. Jamal deserved better. I think it was just — for all of the statements about the U.S.-Saudi relationship being some sort of special relationship, so special that we need to sacrifice human life in order to save it. There is no mention of concessions or pushing Saudi Arabia to change its ways.”

“It made us, Trump look like we’re servants to this regime that would butcher Washington Post journalists,” she continued. “Chris, it puts all of us, journalists, Saudi critics, anybody who dares to have an opinion against an authoritarian government around the world, it puts us in more danger. It gives people like Mohammad bin Salman a green light to erase and silence anybody that they want, wherever they might be, for whatever reason.

“I’m just really disgusted, to be honest,” she added.

Attiah responded to Trump’s statement in an op-ed for the Post. Read here.

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