Newt Gingrich Rips Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi Killing: ‘Their Explanation is Insultingly Stupid’
Amplifying calls for justice in the mysterious death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Saudi Arabia claims was killed in a brawl after he entered its consulate in Turkey earlier this month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave a blistering response.
“First of all, their explanation is insultingly stupid,” he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace during an interview Sunday, flabbergasted by “the idea that this guy walked in the room with 15 security people, got in a fight and was accidentally killed and then they happened to have apparently an ability to dismember him and get rid of him that happened to be there.”
The reason President Donald Trump has been accepting of that story, Gingrich contended, is that he “is trying to walk a tight rope” with regard to U.S.-Saudi relations, adding, “I think it’s a big problem, not a small one.”
“On the one hand you don’t want to break the alliance with the Saudis,” Gingrich said. “On the other hand you cannot teach a 33-year-old crown prince that he can get away with things that have this outrageous and stupid or he will be out of control for the next 40 years.”
Gingrich speculates that the U.S. will implement sanctions and that in private, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is likely “saying pretty aggressively you guys have got to come up with the truth.”
“This hurts the Saudis to lie this stupidly,” he said.
Sen. Rand Paul earlier on Fox News Sunday also told Wallace he found their explanation “insulting” and added that it “strains credulity,” but could not explain why President Trump believes them.
Watch the clip above via Fox News.
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