Congressman Price Issues Statement on Trump Saudi Arabia Defense
RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2018) - On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) released the following statement after the Trump administration issued a release defending Saudi Arabia’s denial of the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi. On November 16, the Washington Post and other news outlets reported that the CIA concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Mr. Khashoggi’s assassination.
“Once again, President Trump has rebuffed our nation’s intelligence agencies to the detriment of our nation’s values and interests. The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered the assassination of American resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, yet, Trump has taken his denial at face value and even joined the Saudi regime in smearing Mr. Khashoggi’s reputation following his death.
Time and time again, Donald Trump has trusted murderers and autocrats over his own national security officials. His affinity for strongmen and despots has put our national security at risk and diminished our reputation on the world stage. In the case of Saudi Arabia, it is also clear that his judgement is clouded by his personal financial interests and his disdain for a free press.
Given the Trump administration’s refusal to hold the Saudi regime accountable, Congress must fill the void of leadership in responding swiftly to Mr. Khashoggi’s murder—including reviewing the sales of arms to the Saudi government.”