The ad – one day after the meeting and minutes after Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified before the congress – does not mention Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, who was lured into a deliberate attack at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul ,
The father of four children was arrested, killed and dismembered by a group of men from the inner circle of Salman.
The timing and omission of the White House seem to divert attention from the charges of Khashoggi's murder. Trump's refusal to condemn Riyadh for the murder and dismissal of the secret services has shaken the Congress and angered even his closest allies there. It has given legislators a rare focus on the unity of both parties, leading to an unprecedented debate on the strategic value and cost of the US-Saudi alliance.
Cohen details how Trump participated in breastfeeding payments to women with whom he allegedly had relationships; the President's awareness that his longtime confidant Roger Stone appealed to WikiLeaks to undermine his opponent Hillary Clinton's campaign; and Trump's knowledge that his company was pursuing a project in Russia until the 2016 elections.
The President has at some point rejected knowledge, awareness or participation in these questions.
Trump's son-in-law is traveling to the Gulf States to inform allies of the government's proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that will help them with oil-rich Saudi Arabia and its neighbors. Kushner's stations are the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Kushner stops in Turkey, but does not visit Jordan, which is bordering on Israel, has a high Palestinian population, and whose king oversees the holy Muslim sites in Jerusalem.
. Riad has claimed that neither Salman nor his father, King Salman, knew anything about the operation against Khashoggi. Kushner, along with other White House officials, has deceived the issue of bin Laden's guilt, repeatedly insisting that the Kingdom is too important a strategic partner – in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in fighting Iran – to rush to to punish.
Government critics say the White House did little to" handle "the killing of Khashoggi and Congress has taken a series of measures to take action, often focusing on the 35-year-old crown concentrate Prince as a destabilizing force in the region and his alleged role in Khashoggi's assassination.
A bipartite group of senators introduced a law in 2018 that would have reduced US support for the war in Yemen and would require sanctions against anyone involved in Khashoggi's assassination. The Republican-led Senate also passed a resolution in which he blamed the Crown Prince on Khashoggi's murder and demanded that the US withdraw from Yemen.
The conflict between Congress and the White House over Saudi Arabia is unlikely to end soon.
In February, Trump missed a Congress-mandated deadline to determine whether Salman was responsible for Khashoggi's killing, and reported to the Congress the findings and any decision to impose sanctions.
Instead, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent Senate Foreign Relations Chair James Risch, a Republican from Idaho, and high-ranking Democrat on the committee, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, with letters that involved administrative talks.
Pompeo responded to criticism from lawmakers that the government is not doing enough in response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. "The United States does not cover murder," Pompeo said during a speech in Budapest, Hungary. The secretary added: "The President has made it very clear, could not have been clearer, as we receive additional information, we will continue to hold all those responsible accountable."
Kevin Liptak of CNN, Betsy Klein Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju contributed to this report