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 CorkerJeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump Corker: 'I just don't' see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 BlackburnOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity MORE (R) won the seat and will take office in the Senate in January.