Pompeo Reportedly Told Saudi Crown Prince: ‘Every Fact is Going to Get Out’ About Khashoggi
According to a CNN report late Wednesday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s smiling photo-op with the Saudi crown prince did not tell the whole story.
Behind the scenes, according to a CNN source, Pompeo told Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman his future depends on his handling of Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance and alleged murder.
A source familiar with Pompeo’s Tuesday meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tells CNN that the smiling photo-op between the two should not be read as an indication that the meeting was friendly.
Instead, Pompeo told bin Salman in no uncertain terms that he had to “own” the situation, and “that every fact is going to get out,” said the source, who added that the smiles between the two men ended when the photo op did.
Speaking to Don Lemon tonight, CNN’s Jamie Gangel also gave these additional details during a phone interview after the story broke:
“I’m told that what followed when those cameras were off was a blunt, direct message from Secretary of State Pompeo to the crown prince MBS and that Pompeo warned the crown prince that every fact about what happened is going to come out and that he has to, quote, own the situation, take responsibility, and that Pompeo also told him in no uncertain terms that the Saudis had better get their investigation done very quickly, and Pompeo stressed that they have to deal with the people involved, and the quote was that they have to deal with them sharply. And finally that the Secretary of State went on to tell the crown prince that if the Saudis don’t take action, the U.S. will have to deal with this, that the president’s hand will be forced because the world will demand it.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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