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Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt: Trump’s Willingness to Accept Saudi Story on Khashoggi ‘Damaging to the Country’

The Washington Post is not even close to done demanding answers about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, and editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has written that the Saudi crown prince should be asked at every opportunity “Why bring a bonesaw to a kidnapping?” And President Donald Trump should be questioned too, he writes, on why we would be remotely okay with this.

He spoke with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin this afternoon and said that Saudi Arabia has reverted to its “preposterous explanation” about the events leading up to Khashoggi’s death.

“And the fact that the president is willing to swallow this, so far, and on behalf of the United States,” he said, “is really damaging to the country and to the rule of law and, you know, I would say to the kind of world that we want to live in.”

Trump said he doesn’t want to hear the tape the U.S. has, and Hiatt told Baldwin the issue isn’t whether Trump listens to it or not, but whether “he pays attention to the clear evidence and acts on it.”

Will we pretend it didn’t happen, he asked, or “is the United States government going to take steps to show that it doesn’t approve of an allied government luring one of its own citizens from northern Virginia into what’s supposed to be a safe space, the sanctuary of a consulate, and then deliberately murdering him and dismembering his body?”

Watch above, via CNN.

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