Rubio: Khashoggi killing was ‘disrespectful to Trump’

Rubio: Khashoggi killing was ‘disrespectful to Trump’
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO MORE (R-Fla.) suggested Monday that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "disrespectful" to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' Shutdown puts dozens of federal transportation safety probes on hold Howard Schultz advisers exploring possible 2020 independent bid: report MORE and other politicians who offered support for the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

"The #KhashoggiMurder was immoral," Rubio wrote on Twitter. "But it was also disrepectful (sic) to Trump & those of us who have supported the strategic alliance with the Saudi’s.

"Not only did they kill this man,they have left [Trump] & their congressional allies a terrible predicament & given Iran a free gift," he continued.

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The Florida Republican has repeatedly vowed that Saudi Arabia will face consequences for its role in the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and outspoken critic of Saudi leadership.

He has insisted that the U.S. risks losing its credibility on human rights issues if it allows Khashoggi's killing to go unpunished.

Saudi Arabian leadership initially denied knowing what happened to Khashoggi, but on Friday announced that the 59-year-old had died in what they claimed was a "fight" gone awry. Eighteen people were detained in connection with the incident.

U.S. lawmakers said the explanation was not credible, and have increasingly indicated they believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind Khashoggi's killing.

Trump, meanwhile, has been publicly accepting of Saudi explanations. He highlighted denials from Saudi leadership, then called Friday's arrests a "good first step."

Trump acknowledged in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday that the Saudis' story has not been consistent.