GOP strategist says Trump is taking 'appropriate stance' with Saudi Arabia

Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini on Monday said he agrees with President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's response to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the president has been forced to walk a diplomatic tightrope with the longtime U.S. ally. 

"We need their support often times in the region to get things done," Ruffini, co-founder of Echelon Insights, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"We have other countries that are even bigger problems, you know, Iraq, Syria, and what not," he continued. 

"I think that this is an appropriate stance that the president has taken in this case," he said.  

Khashoggi, who was an opinion writer for the Washington Post, disappeared earlier this month after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 

Turkish officials have said they have reason to believe Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate on orders of the government in Riyadh.

Trump announced in a tweet on Monday that he had spoken with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, and that he was sending Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump confirms he authorized Rand Paul to negotiate with Iran Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden MORE to meet with the leader.

The president later appeared to suggest that Saudi Arabia may not have been behind Khashoggi's disappearance, saying instead "rogue killers" could have been responsible. 

Trump has faced bipartisan pressure from lawmakers to pull out of a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, as well as to impose sanctions on the U.S. ally. 

He has signaled that he is against canceling the deal. 

— Julia Manchester