In a White Home press convention Tuesday afternoon, U.S. nationwide safety adviser John Bolton dismissed audio of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, questioning aloud what the media thought he may be taught from the tape.
“No, I haven’t listened to it. I assume I ought to ask you why you assume I ought to. What do you assume I’d be taught from it?” Bolton requested.
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He then added that it wouldn’t be helpful to hearken to the recordings of the previous Washington Put up journalist’s killing as a result of he doesn’t communicate Arabic.
“Except you communicate Arabic, what are you going to get from it?” he mentioned, “I don’t communicate Arabic.”
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Bolton was responding to a query about whether or not CIA director Gina Haspel was being blocked from sharing the findings of the division’s investigation into Khashoggi’s killing with the Senate. The query appeared to be following media reviews that the White Home wouldn’t permit Haspel or different intelligence officers to temporary the Senate in regards to the CIA’s investigation into the journalist’s loss of life.
Bolton additionally recommended that he stands behind U.S. President Donald Trump’s sustained assist of Saudi Arabia, regardless of the worldwide backlash that’s ensued after particulars of Khashoggi’s loss of life got here to gentle.
Each Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman shall be attending the G20 summit later this week. A latest CIA investigation discovered that bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s homicide. Nonetheless, Trump disputed this declare final week, saying: “Perhaps the world ought to be held accountable as a result of the world is a vicious place. The world is a really, very vicious place.”
Final week, the president issued an announcement citing the dominion of Saudi Arabia as a “nice ally” of the USA. Trump has not wavered on this conviction since information of the Khashoggi killing first surfaced a number of months again.
“It’s a horrible factor. I dislike it greater than you do,” Trump mentioned final week. “However the reality is … they create large wealth, actually large jobs of their purchases and really importantly, they maintain the oil value down.”
—With information from the Related Press
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