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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Shreds Trump for Pro-Saudi Statement on Khashoggi: It Sounds Like It Was ‘Written by a 7-Year-Old’

After the release of a statement by President Donald Trump siding with Saudi Arabia in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi blasted the commander in chief for a weak message.

“First of all, it’s written like it’s written by a 7-year-old,” Velshi said Tuesday of the punctuation laden statement that argues the U.S. doesn’t really know what happened, despite intelligence findings it was arranged by the crown prince himself.

“It starts with America first with [an] exclamation mark, and then it talks about Iran. So there’s this distraction going on. As long as I can tell you bad things about Iran, then Saudi Arabia, which is an enemy of our enemy, must by definition be a friend.”

Velshi also slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for focusing with Trump on American interests, calling that a “disingenuous” message and contending that Saudi Arabia relies more heavily on the U.S. than vice versa.

The anchor then wondered whether something was afoot between the Trump administration and the Saudis, seeing as it has continuously refused to accept the CIA’s findings that Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

“What is happening with Jared Kushner and Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman that you can’t acknowledge something everyone else in the world has figured out and the understanding that a thing like this couldn’t have happened…without…the son of the king, knowing about it?” Velshi asked.

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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