WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump stated he had not but been briefed on the CIA’s conclusions concerning the homicide of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, however that he would communicate with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the CIA in regards to the difficulty afterward Saturday.

The CIA believes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the nation’s de-facto ruler, ordered Khashoggi’s killing, sources conversant in the matter stated on Friday.

However Trump, talking to reporters on the White Home earlier than flying to California, additionally reiterated that he had been informed the crown prince had not performed a task within the journalist’s loss of life.

“We haven’t been briefed but,” Trump stated. “We will likely be speaking with the CIA later and plenty of others. I’ll be doing that whereas I’m on the aircraft. I’ll be talking additionally with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, was killed in October on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he went there to select up paperwork he wanted for his deliberate marriage.

Trump and prime administration officers have stated Saudi Arabia must be held to account for any involvement in Khashoggi’s loss of life and have imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis for his or her position within the killing.

However they’ve additionally confused the significance of Washington’s ties with Riyadh, even whereas U.S. lawmakers have known as on the administration to punish Saudi Arabia over the homicide.

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