Trump Says There Will Be ‘Severe Punishment’ If Saudi Arabia Is Found to Have Killed Jamal Khashoggi


President Donald Trump said that there will be “severe punishment” if it turns out that Saudi Arabia was behind the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a journalist and Washington Post columnist, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul days ago. It is believed he was killed inside the consulate.

Lesley Stahl asked Trump about it for the President’s 60 Minutes interview yesterday, and in a clip released this morning, she asked, “Was he murdered by the Saudis and did the prince give the order to kill him?”

“Nobody knows yet,” Trump said. “but we’ll probably be able to find out. It’s being investigated, it’s being looked at very very strongly, and we would be very upset and angry if that were the case.”

He noted that Saudi Arabia is so far denying it “every way you can imagine.”

Stahl pressed him on what the U.S.’ options are to punish Saudi Arabia and whether that would include sanctions.

Trump didn’t commit specifically to what retaliatory action the U.S. would take, but said “there will be severe punishment.”

The full interview airs on 60 Minutes tomorrow. Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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