The death of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was a tragedy. The torturous way that he was killed should be condemned. It is crucial that we do something to those responsible. But until we are without a doubt sure of the culprit we cannot condemn our allies. Especially in the middle east where we are facing issues of nuclear proportions with Iran. Trump understands this and sees that we are trying to maintain peace with allies in a volatile area of the world. He also sees the economic benefits for America.
But action has been taken in response to the murder.
“The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing and made a joint decision with Riyadh to end U.S. refueling of Saudi aircraft involved in the Yemen war…”
“In the White House statement, Trump repeated disputed claims he won $110 billion in U.S.-Saudi arms deals as he signaled he will not move to take stronger action against Saudi Arabia since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and amid the civilian deaths from Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen’s civil war.
Per Trump, his trip to Saudi Arabia last year landed the mega deal for weapons as part of a Saudi agreement to spend $450 billion in the U.S. — “a record amount of money” that “will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States.”
“Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors,” the statement reads. “If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries — and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!”
“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump’s statement reads.”
The GOP is not with Trump on his decision to keep the alliance strong with Saudi Arabia.
Marco Rubio called out Trump on Twitter claiming he needs to defend human rights regardless of the big picture.
“Our foreign policy must be about promoting our national interests.
It is in our natl interest to defend human rights.
HR violations lead to mass migration, help extremism flourish & often result in new governments hostile towards the U.S. because we supported their oppressors.”
“The President indicates that Saudi Arabia is the lesser two evils compared to Iran and so the US won’t punish Saudi Arabia for the brutal killing and dismemberment of a dissident journalist in their consulate. I disagree.”
“We should, at the very least, NOT reward Saudi Arabia with our sophisticated armaments that they in turn use to bomb civilians.”