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Khashoggi editor on Trump Saudi statement: 'This is a new low'

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's editor at The Washington Post on Tuesday blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE's statement on Saudi Arabia, calling it "a new low."

Karen Attiah said that the statement "is full of lies and a blatant disregard for his own intelligence agencies."

"It also shows an unforgivable disregard for the lives of Saudis who dare criticize the regime. This is a new low."


Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. would keep a "steadfast" alliance with Saudi Arabia, making it clear that the president does not want the killing of Khashoggi to disrupt the relationship between the two nations.

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The statement also refused to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi's killing, even though the CIA has reportedly concluded that the prince ordered his killing. The CIA on Tuesday was expected to share its final report on the death with Trump.

Khashoggi, who had been critical of Saudi leadership, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and the Saudi government has said he was killed by a team that met him when he arrived at the building.

The Saudi government has insisted the crown prince had no knowledge of the operation, but numerous reports have cast doubt on the possibility that Crown Prince Mohammed would not have known about it.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha PowerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump, Cheney trade jabs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Washington's split with Turkey widens — but it is up to Turkey to heal the rift MORE joined Attiah in criticizing Trump's statement, calling it an "abomination that will define the ignorance, corruption, cruelty and recklessness of this presidency for generations to come."