Clinton: Trump is ‘part of the cover-up’ in Khashoggi killing

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE on Tuesday suggested that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE is “part of the cover-up as to what happened” in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential campaign, kicked off a paid speaking tour in Toronto by hitting the president over his response to the killing of Khashoggi in a Saudi Arabian consulate last month, saying that Trump and “those closest to him” have their “own personal” interests. 

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“We have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered,” Clinton said. 

“And we have a president and those closest to him who have their own personal commercial interests,” she added.

Trump and his administration have come under heavy criticism over the White House response to Khashoggi’s death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump has indicated that the U.S. government will remain allies with Saudi Arabia, saying sanctions or punishment taken against the kingdom over Khashoggi could cause oil prices to spike.

“If you want to see oil prices go to $150 a barrel ... all you have to do is break up our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said last week.

The president has also refused to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing, even as reports emerged that the CIA has concluded that the crown prince likely ordered the assassination. 

"I hate the crime and I hate what is done and I hate the cover-up," Trump said last Tuesday. "And I will tell you this, the crown prince hates it more than I do."

Clinton was in Toronto with her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Howard Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 Trump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' MORE, to start a 13-date speaking tour.