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WATCH: Sec. of State Mike Pompeo Evades Fox & Friends Questions about Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave an interview to Fox & Friends on Wednesday, during which, he faced a number of tough questions about America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia following Jamal Khashoggi‘s murder.

The Washington Post writer’s death continues to draw international outrage, even though President Trump and his administration insist there isn’t enough proof to determine that it happened under the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. When asked about this, Pompeo continued this approach by calling Khashoggi’s death a “tragic incident,” but the U.S.-Saudi alliance must be preserved.

Brian Kilmeade eventually noted that many members of Congress are convinced of Salman’s guilt, especially after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed lawmakers about the evidence collected by her team. To this point, Kilmeade asked Pompeo “we know the prince knows, right?”

Pompeo declined to answer the question directly, so Kilmeade tried again with “so…when you looked him in the eye and he denied it, did you believe him?”

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia decides who is running the country,” Pompeo dodged again. “I think this is what the president said yesterday. We are working closely with the kingdom to make sure that America is protected. That’s our interest there.”

When Ainsley Earhardt brought up the CIA’s reported “high confidence” assessment of Salman’s guilt, Pompeo pushed back with “some of the reporting that you have seen on that has been inaccurate.” He continued to insist that the Saudis have already “paid the price” for the murder even if the prince has not.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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