Now Reading
Trump ready to drop hammer on Saudi Prince if he murdered Jamal Khashoggi (Video)

Trump ready to drop hammer on Saudi Prince if he murdered Jamal Khashoggi (Video)

US President Donald Trump went on 60 Minutes and vowed “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia if it turns out that missing Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump told 60 Minutes that so far Saudi Arabia has denied playing a part in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, but says the case is being investigated.

Trump has sat down in an interview wit CBS News to discuss the missing journalist, issuing a serious and stern warning to the Saudi Kingdom.

In an interview excerpt released from the 60 Minutes” interview, the US President noted that “nobody knows” whether Saudi officials are involved although they “deny it vehemently.”

Trump said that the Saudis deny “in every way you can imagine” having anything to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance when his son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with the Saudi crown prince.

Trump stressed that Saudi Arabia may still be responsible and an investigation is ongoing.

“Could it be them? Yes,” the president said.

“It’s being looked at very, very strongly. We would be very upset and angry if that was the case.”

“We’re going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment,”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the explosive story surrounding missing WaPo Jamal Khashoggi, and how this may be Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman undoing, should evidence surface that he ordered the killing of Khashoggi.

Remember to Please Subscribe to The Duran’s YouTube Channel.

Follow The Duran Audio Podcast on Soundcloud.

Via Zerohedge

Khashoggi, a Saudi critic of the regime who wrote for the Washington Post, disappeared since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to pick up a document for his upcoming wedding. Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed and dismembered there.

On Saturday, the Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah daily reported that Turkey’s investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance revealed recordings made on his Apple Watch purportedly indicating he was tortured and killed. The report was published  after a delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey for a joint investigation into his disappearance.

“The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple Watch’s memory,” the paper said, adding that the watch had synched with his iPhone, which his fiancée was carrying outside the consulate. The Turkish newspaper said Saudi intelligence agents had realized after he died that the watch was recording and they used his finger print to unlock it, deleting some files, but not all of them. The recordings were subsequently found on his phone, it said.

That said, considering that Turkey has all too often stretched reality to suit its various political goals and ambitions – the “failed” 2016 coup coming to mind – any official Turkish version of events, especially one based on “sources” and without factual backing should be taken with a grain of salt.

See Also

Perhaps that explains why despite the escalation in rhetoric, Trump was still hesitant. In Trump’s interview, the president said new actions should not jeopardize the Saudi military equipment contracts held by companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon which he said would put jobs at risk.

Using the economy as a straw man to avoid cracking down on Riyadh, Trump siad that “I don’t want to hurt jobs. I don’t want to lose an order like that,” he said. “There are other ways of punishing, to use a word that’s a pretty harsh word, but it’s true.”

“There’s a lot at stake,” Mr. Trump continued, “And, maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There’s something, you’ll be surprised to hear me say that, there’s something really terrible and disgusting about that if that was the case.”

As Bloomberg notes, Trump’s hesitation to strike back at the kingdom reflects close ties the White House has nurtured with the nation’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his administration’s acquiescence to other Saudi actions that have drawn international condemnation.

What is perhaps more bizarre is that the true Saudi transgression, its ongoing war against political and religious opponents in Yemen has failed to lead to any condemnation, by either the president or the suddenly all too vocal Congress. Under Trump, the U.S. has continued to back – and equip – a Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen that’s killed thousands of civilians, providing American logistical support and weapons.

Meanwhile, as senators push for sanctions against the Saudis if the murder allegations prove true, Trump has said only that he’d take unspecified action. “He went in and it doesn’t look like he came out,” the president observed in a Fox News interview.

Saudi Arabia insists Khashoggi left its consulate alive shortly, while Turkey claims it has proof, so far undisclosed, that the reporter was tortured and killed inside the consulate. What really happened has yet to be determined.

 

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!

14
Leave a Reply

avatar
13 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
Bob ValdezShahnaBobGhifari AL MukhtarVince Dhimos Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
JPH
Guest
JPH

If the US drops its Sunni alliance it wont have left any allies in the Middle East except for Israel. The US have systematically sided with the Sunni for decades now always ignoring the obvious Sunni terrorist links. Dropping the Sunni link would end the petrodollar and put a few hundred current and future arms sales at risk too. The US is more or less covertly involved with Crime of Aggression (war) against Yemen killing quite some thousands of Yemeni. The US has been facilitating Saudi Sunni support for the Jihadi proxy war on Syria killing some 400.000 Syrians. Don’t… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
Guest
Vera Gottlieb

Drop hammer? Or is this just grand-standing? A break in the US-Saudi relations? I’ll believe it when I see it.

Vince Dhimos
Guest

Won’t happen. Trump already signaled that with his statement about jobs.
Further, RIA Novosti reported in Russian on an interview with the Saudi dictator that the latter is threatening with economic countermeasures if he is punished. That can only be a shift from using USD to use of other currencies in settlements and reserve cash. If that happens, the US knows the dollar will drop like a stone. MBS owns the west.

Tjoe
Guest
Tjoe

This always seems to be left out when talking about Saudi, but it makes more and more sense.

Was Las Vegas a Saudi Crown Prince Salman Assassination Attempt?
https://americandigitalnews.com/2017/11/07/las-vegas-saudi-crown-prince-salman-assassination-attempt/#.WmLNk66nF9M

michael
Guest
michael

SA is the last remaining country existing that can be demonized invaded and then overthrown…..think of the money involved….think of the oil….think of the absolute power advantage/leverage it would give the US….we can’t take on Russia/China….but SA what a fat plum that would be….not saying that it would be right/logical or even possible….it would be insane…..but who can say the Anglo-Zionist cabal….is not insane!!

TheCelotajs
Guest
TheCelotajs

Yea sure what is Trump going to do since he has already said he is not got to stop sell Saudi Arms because it would hurt the US Arms Industries and will put people out of work, so just keep on selling these WMD to Saudi so they can keep right on murdering more civilians in Yemen and its people.

Richard Steven Hack
Guest
Richard Steven Hack

Trump is all bluster, no action, all hat, no cattle. He admits he can’t risk the $100 billion in Saudi arms sales, so he won’t do squat. As for being the “end of MBS”, who’s going to do that? Won’t be Trump. Who else can do it, outside of Saudi Arabia? No one.

Vince Dhimos
Guest

I just read an eye-opening article on this in a Russian site that goes much deeper than anything written in the West. The gist of it is that the Dems are so intent on removing Trump that they are setting a trap for him to force him to break relations with Saudi. Normally, any US pol would want to cultivate US relations with Saudi for the sake of the petrodollar, but in this case, their hatred of Trump is so strong they may even go so far as to break the old taboo against sulllying the Saudis just to spoil… Read more »

Shahna
Guest
Shahna

Link to the site – please?

Ghifari AL Mukhtar
Guest
Ghifari AL Mukhtar

Murdered and mutilated by his own demons,The Media martyrs/canonise WMD champion Khashoggi in preference to the souls of Falujah…. Thank God/Allah he Khashoggi wasn’t successful in Lebanon.

Bob
Guest
Bob
Guest
Bob

“In a strongly worded op-ed published later on Sunday, Turki Aldakhil, general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, warned that if the US imposed sanctions on Riyadh “it will stab its own economy to death,” cause oil prices to reach as high as $200 a barrel, lead Riyadh to permit a Russian military base in the city of Tabuk and drive the Middle East into the arms of Iran. “The information circulating within decision-making circles within the kingdom have gone beyond the rosy language used in the statement,” Aldakhil wrote, referring to the earlier comment. “There are simple procedures,… Read more »

Shahna
Guest
Shahna

More likely the US will use it to pressure the Saudis to increase output and bring down the price of oil.

Bob Valdez
Guest
Bob Valdez

The cia did it. All. This is just a ploy to blackmail the ksa to make sure oil supplies are protected for the sewer nation.

Copyright DRN Media PLC 2019. RSS: http://theduran.com/feed