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Sen. Coons: Trump Taking Word of the Saudis About Khashoggi Disappearance

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:51 AM

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., says he is concerned President Donald Trump seems to be taking the word of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance and alleged death of journalist James Khashoggi.

Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, made his comments during a Wednesday interview on CNN’s “New Day.”

Asked if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of  the alleged Saudi operation which led to the reported death of Khashoggi, Coons replied: “Well, that certainly the direction the evidence is pointing. I haven’t had a classified briefing yet on the intelligence that was gathered, but I am concerned that President Trump seems to be willing to take the word of the king of Saudi Arabia…

"He seems strongly inclined to take their side of it, rather than waiting to hear for our intelligence community and rather than listening to our treat ally Turkey.

“I am concerned that this is yet another incident of the president believing a strongman, like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, like he did in Helsinki, rather than listening to our own intelligence community or criminal investigators, which press reports suggest are strongly pointing in the direction of responsibility by the king and crown prince for this abduction and ultimately murder of an American-based journalist." 

Trump, in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday said:  "Turkey and Saudi Arabia are looking at it very strongly. It depends whether or not the king or the crown prince knew about it, in my opinion."

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Sen. Chris Coons says he is concerned President Donald Trump seems to be taking the word of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance and alleged death of journalist James Khashoggi.
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