Jamal Khashoggi: Trump administration privately doubts Saudi Arabia and worries Jared Kushner’s close relationship …

Jamal Khashoggi: Trump administration privately doubts Saudi Arabia and worries Jared Kushner’s close relationship …

Jared Kushner
President Donald Trump strongly criticised Saudi Arabia’s explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late on Saturday, saying that “obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies.” At the same time, Mr Trump defended the oil-rich monarchy as an “incredible ally” and kept open the possibility that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order Saudi agents to kill Khashoggi. “Nobody has told me he’s responsible. Nobody has told me he’s not responsible.
We haven’t reached that point ... I would love if he wasn’t responsible, ” Mr Trump said in a phone interview with The Washington Post. Watch more The kingdom’s claim Khashoggi was killed after a fistfight escalated inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was met with a torrent of international scepticism on Saturday over how a team of Saudi agents could fly to Istanbul to meet Khashoggi and eventually kill him without the knowledge or consent of the crown prince, the de facto leader. .


Mr Trump had told reporters on Friday that the Saudi explanation was credible, but US officials said he has privately grimaced that his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s close relationship with the crown prince has become a liability and left the White House with no good options. In the interview, Mr Trump defended him as doing a “very good job” but acknowledged Mr Kushner and the crown prince, both in their thirties, are relatively young for the amount of power they wield.
“They’re two young guys. Jared doesn’t know him well or anything. They are just two young people. .

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