Corker: Saudi Crown Prince is ‘out of control’

Corker: Saudi Crown Prince is ‘out of control’
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Outgoing Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end The Hill's Morning Report — Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force MORE (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is "out of control," citing the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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"We also have a crown prince that's out of control — a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist," Corker told reporters.

"And whether there is a smoking gun, I don't think there is anybody in the room that doesn't believe he was responsible for it," he added.

 

Corker has been critical of Saudi Arabia since agents of the kingdom killed Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, inside a Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month.

Corker has also criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily says Trump travel ban preventing mother from seeing dying son Saudi Arabia rejects Senate position on Khashoggi killing Five things to know about the Trump inauguration investigation MORE over his response to the killing, saying last week that the White House was acting like a "public relations firm" for the crown prince after Trump issued a statement defending the kingdom and casting doubt on whether the crown prince ordered the murder.

"I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” Corker, a frequent critic of the president, wrote in a tweet at the time.

Trump has voiced doubts over whether the crown prince was aware in advance of plans to kill Khashoggi, saying in that statement that "maybe" he knew but "maybe he didn't."

The CIA reportedly has high confidence that the crown prince ordered the murder, though Trump has maintained that the CIA hasn't reached any conclusions.

Corker did not run for reelection in 2018. Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Amgen — ObamaCare signups lag behind last year despite recent surge | Drug company offers cheaper opioid overdose treatment after hiking price 600 percent | CDC calls fentanyl deadliest drug in US GOP struggles to win votes for Trump’s B wall demand Incoming GOP congressman says vaccines may cause autism, contradicting CDC MORE (R) won the seat and will take office in the Senate in January.