Khashoggi fiancée hits Trump response to journalist's killing

Khashoggi fiancée hits Trump response to journalist's killing

The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration's response to his killing. 

Khashoggi “had always championed the U.S.” as “the place you went to challenge the status quo and speak truth to power,” Hatice Cengiz said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Jamal would have been most disappointed of all to see the U.S. response.”

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Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 3, 2018.

Cengiz was the last person to see Khashoggi before he entered the consulate to obtain papers for their planned marriage.

U.S. and international intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorized the operation.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE, however, has declined to condemn the crown prince, questioning whether he was involved in the killing.

Saudi authorities have announced investigations of 21 people connected to Khashoggi's death, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five men accused of being directly involved.

Khashooggi, a Washington Post columnist, was a vocal critic of the Saudi regime.

Cengiz was a witness at a House Foreign Affairs hearing on Thursday, where she discussed the danger of reporting on human rights violations.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cengiz's criticism.