Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's editor at The Washington Post on Tuesday blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law 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’s statement on Saudi Arabia + #Khashoggi is full of lies and a blatant disregard for his own intelligence agencies.— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) November 20, 2018
It also shows an unforgivable disregard for the lives of Saudis who dare criticize the regime.
This is a new low.https://t.co/mMELjLico8
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.
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.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha PowerUSAID's 0 million Global VAX initiative can work, but only if it pays for shots in arms Overnight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance US investing 5 million in vaccine delivery for lower-income countries 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."
An abomination that will define the ignorance, corruption, cruelty and recklessness of this presidency for generations to come:— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) November 20, 2018
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