President Donald Trump has doubled down on his help for Saudi Arabia, saying he supposed for the the US to stay a “steadfast associate”, though “it may very nicely be” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew concerning the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In current days, the president has repeatedly sought to downplay media stories claiming US intelligence had concluded the 33-year-old prince will need to have been concerned in final month’s plan to kill the journalist, on the nation’s consulate in Istanbul.

In an interview with Fox Information aired on Sunday, he responded to a query as as to whether the prince was concerned, by saying: “Will anyone actually know…All proper, will anyone actually know?”.

Mr Trump mentioned he would wait for a whole report back to be handed to him – one thing that was performed on Tuesday.

“Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, however my resolution is under no circumstances primarily based on that – that is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any data of the planning or execution of the homicide of Mr Khashoggi,” Mr Trump mentioned in an announcement issued by the White Home, that contained his attribute exclamation marks.

“Our intelligence companies proceed to evaluate all info, but it surely may very nicely be that the Crown Prince had data of this tragic occasion – possibly he did and possibly he didn’t!”

He added: “That being mentioned, we might by no means know the entire details surrounding the homicide of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They’ve been an excellent ally in our crucial struggle towards Iran. The US intends to stay a steadfast associate of Saudi Arabia to make sure the pursuits of our nation, Israel and all different companions within the area. It’s our paramount aim to completely remove the specter of terrorism all through the world!”

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