WASHINGTON – President Trump on Tuesday congratulated Saudi Arabia's account of the journalist's killing Jamal Khashoggi as "the worst cover-up ever," and his administration warned for the first time that it did not who took part in the plot.
Mr. Trump's criticism and the sanctions announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is credited with honoring the killing of Mr. Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulates in Istanbul as premeditated and "savage. "
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"They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups," Mr. Trump said to reporters in the oval Office.
"Very simple," he continued, "Bad deal; should never have thought of. Somebody really messed up. And they had the worst cover-up ever. And where it should have stopped at the deal standpoint. "
" Whoever thought of that idea, I think, is in big trouble, and they should be in big trouble, "Mr. Trump said Consulate, during which, Turkish officials say, Mr. Khashoggi was killed and dismissed with a bone saw.
The State Department said the United States would revoke it the operation. Mr. Pompeo said at a news conference that the United States had identified suspects as coming from the royal court, the intelligence services, the Foreign Ministry and other ministries.
Among the 21 are presumably the 15 operatives named by Turkey as suspects, as well as officials in Saudi Arabia who were dismissed from their posts on Friday. Some of those are close to Prince Mohammed.
The United States could take additional action under the Magnitsky Act, named after a slain Russian lawyer and tax accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, which enables the United States to freeze assets
"These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States," Mr. Pompeo said to reporters on Tuesday at the State Department. Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence. "
Neither Mr. Pompeo nor Mr. Trump would say they believe Prince Mohammed what responsible for the killing. Mr. Trump said he would reserve final judgment until American officials, including the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, returned from Turkey in the next couple of days.
Mr. Pompeo made a fact-finding trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Mr. Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States is continuing to provide information on other sources, including the Turkish intelligence services and the Saudis.
"Neither the president nor I am happy with this situation," he said , "Our shared strategic interests with Saudi Arabia remain."
"We want to work with Congress," Mr. Pompeo said. "I've spoken to our allies around the world. Jamal Khashoggi was what – what else but a horrific act.
This month, 22 senators sent a bipartisan letter to Mr. Trump Mr. Khashoggi is one of the highest officials in Saudi Arabia.
Some members of Congress have so been pressing Mr. Trump to end United States support for the Civil was in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has airstrikes that have killed dozens of civilians, including children, at one time.
The president reiterated that Congress should take the lead in imposing sanctions on the Saudis, but he cautioned lawmakers to remember the multibillion-dollar arms sales and other links that link Saudi Arabia and the United States .
"In terms of what we're finally doing," Mr. Trump said, "I'm going to leave it very much – in conjunction with me – up to Congress."
As he has before, Mr. Saudi Arabia has bought $ 110 billion worth of arms and a total of $ 450 billion in investments in the United States – which he claims are the fruits of his alliance with the kingdom. But the experts noted that the $ 110 billion figure is exaggerated while the $ 450 billion figure is fanciful.
Defense analysts have only calculated $ 14.5 billion in booked weapons sales, and the real number may actually be lower than that. Mr. Trump took office, according to Bruce O. Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has studied the country since 1978.
The Saudis, he said, did announce one huge deal: A $ 15 billion agreement with Lockheed Martin to buy a Thaad missile defense system. But the Saudi Defense Ministry is leaving a deadline expire.
Analyst said there was no data back to Mr Trump's claim of $ 450 billion in investments. The Saudi sovereign wealth fund has made big investments in the ride-hailing service Uber; the private equity firm Blackstone; and the SoftBank technology fund. Mr. Trump claims.
The President warned that he was in the past, that he was unable to repay the arms of Saudi Arabia, the Saudis could turn to Russia, China or France. Mr. Riedel said the United States was over the years due to the fact that it was in Yemen.
"You can not take a Russian radar system and put it on a Saudi Arabia." 15, "Mr. Riedel said.