Trump Dodges on Whether FBI is Investigating Khashoggi Disappearance: ‘Why Would I Tell You?’
President Donald Trump held an Oval Office press spray on Wednesday in which he expressed reluctance once again in terms of disrupting U.S.-Saudi relations over the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump insisted that he’s “not giving cover” to the Saudis, as he discussed Mike Pompeo‘s trip to Turkey and Saudi Arabia to address Khashoggi’s disappearance weeks ago. When the spray opened up for questions, Trump was asked “Why not send the FBI?” to determine what happened to Khashoggi after he went inside the Saudi consulate of Istanbul.
“Well, he’s not an American citizen, and you don’t know if we have [sent the FBI] or haven’t,” Trump said. “Why would I tell you?”
Trump was also asked if he has requested audio and video intelligence about Khashoggi.
“We have asked for if it exist,” Trump said. He added, “I’m not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does.”
Trump’s comments came after an interview in which he took issue with the idea of blaming Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s disappearance without further evidence. He called this a case of “guilty until proven innocent,” which he compared to the sexual misconduct allegations and political firestorm that surrounded Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The New York Times released an article today on Turkish news media, which supposedly has audio and details from Khashoggi’s alleged murder and dismemberment.
Watch above, via CNN.
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