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Shepard Smith Tees Off: Can US Maintain Moral High Ground While ‘Looking the Other Way’ on Khashoggi?

“Sorry your dad got murdered and cut up into little pieces. Here’s a million-dollar mansion and some money.”

Fox News’ Shepard Smith teed off today on the stunning new Washington Post report this week revealing that “the children of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments as compensation for the killing of their father.”

The Post describes the payouts as “blood money” negotiations by Saudi Arabia attempting to make sure Khashoggi’s family members “continue to show restraint in their public statements about the killing of their father.”

As Khashoggi’s murder dominated the news cycle months ago, Smith criticized the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia and he revisited the issue this afternoon.

He reminded viewers of the horrific details surrounding Khashoggi’s murder and the scrutiny surrounding the Saudi crown prince.

At one point during an interview with Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, Alterman told Smith the Saudis are hoping this “blows over” and that they can resume their relationship with the U.S. “that has had blips, 9/11 and the oil embargo in ’73.”

Smith remarked upon how crazy it is that 9/11 could be considered a “blip” in the U.S.-Saudi relationship, saying, “And that a man whom our intelligence agency says was cut to bits on the order of the man that rules the kingdom from day to day, who has children and is a resident of the United States, that that is but a blip.”

He even asked, “Can the United States maintain a moral high ground while just sort of looking the other way when our intelligence services say this is what happens and our government reacts nonchalantly?”

“We have attention that I think has been present throughout the Trump Administration, attention between the intelligence services and the White House,” Alterman said. “I’m not sure how much it exacerbates it. But there’s certainly a split with the White House and the intelligence services. The real issue is do we have a relationship between the United States and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia or do we have a relationship between the President of the United States and the current prince of Saudi Arabia, and if the crown prince does something, does that reflect on the whole kingdom or just reflect on the personal relationship.”

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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