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In recent days, a cadre of conservative house Republicans allied with Trump has been privately exchanging articles from the right-wing outlets that fuel suspicion of Khashoggi, highlighting his association with the Muslim Brotherhood in his youth and raising conspiratorial questions about his work in the past as embedded reporter covering Osama bin Laden, according to speak. speak. speak GOP officials who are not authorized to speak persions – which many lawmakers have so far endangered the political risks of doing so; US-Saudi relationship and avoid confronting the Saudis on human rights.
Trump's remarks about reporters amid the Khashoggi fallout have inflamed existing tensions between his allies and the media. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) For assaulting a reporter in his bid for Congress last year.
"Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my child of – he's my guy, "Trump said.
Hours earlier, prominently conservative television personalities were making presentations about Khashoggi's background.
"Khashoggi was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood," Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner asserted on Thursday's highly rated "Outnumbered" show. Faulkner then dismissed another guest who claimed her claim "iffy."
The message was echoed on the campaign trail. Virginia Republican Corey A. Stewart, who is challenging Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), A local radio program Thursday said "Khashoggi was not a good guy himself."
While Khashoggi was once sympathetic to Islamist movements, he moved toward a more liberal, secular point of view, according to experts on the Middle East who have tracked his career. Khashoggi was bin Laden in the 1980s and 1990s during the Civil War in Afghanistan, but his interactions with bin Laden were as a journalist.
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, left his home country last year and what granted residency in the United States by federal authorities. He lived in Virginia and wrote for The Washington Post.
Nevertheless, the smears have escalated. Donald Trump Jr. the president's eldest son and political key booster, shared another person's tahoe a week that Khashoggi was "tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden" in the 1980s , even though the context is a feature story on bin Laden's activities.
March 19, 2019
March 19, 2019