Mnuchin: ‘Premature to comment on sanctions’ against Saudi Arabia

Mnuchin: ‘Premature to comment on sanctions’ against Saudi Arabia
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinNew book questions Harris's record on big banks On The Money: US paid record .1B in tariffs in September | Dems ramp up oversight of 'opportunity zones' | Judge hints at letting House lawsuit over Trump tax returns proceed Democrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive MORE said Sunday that it is premature to speak of potential U.S. sanctions against Saudi Arabia over the death of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem as he began his visit to the Middle East, according to Reuters.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE said Saturday that he is not satisfied with the Saudis' investigation into Khashoggi's death, Reuters reports, though he said Friday that the kingdom's arrests of those alleged to be involved is a good first step.

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Mnuchin confirmed to reporters that he will not attend a Saudi conference on terror finance networks, but that he will visit the kingdom's capital to speak with his Saudi counterpart regarding combating terrorist financing.

“I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said, according to Reuters.

The Treasury Secretary added that he will speak with Trump before visiting Riyadh and will convey whatever he wishes to the kingdom's government.

"I’m sure I will be speaking to the president before I go there, and if he has a message he wants me to deliver I will obviously deliver it, but it is not the focus of my trip.”