Mike Pompeo reportedly warned Mohammed bin Salman ‘global pressure’ will force Trump to deal with Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance if the Saudis don’t step up

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly delivered a stern warning to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman during a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, urging him to “own” the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen publicly since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2. An unnamed […]

‘Guilty until proven innocent’: Trump compares global pushback against Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst US President Donald Trump compared mounting criticism over Saudi Arabia’s handling of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. Of the pushback against Saudi Arabia, Trump told the Associated Press: “Here we go again with, you know, you’re […]

Even if Saudi Arabia is behind Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, experts say sanctions against Riyadh could backfire

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Saudi Arabia is reportedly preparing to admit that Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and prominent Saudi critic who disappeared on October 2, was killed as a result of a botched interrogation effort. The move would mark a shifting response from the Royal Court, which previously asserted — without proof — that Khashoggi had left the Saudi […]

Jamal Khashoggi’s family says they are ‘sadly and anxiously’ awaiting official word on the fate of the Saudi journalist who disappeared 2 weeks ago

CCTV/Hurriyet via AP The family of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said they are “sadly and anxiously” waiting on official news about what happened to him. Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, over two weeks ago Turkey alleges Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi operatives at the consulate The […]

Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance is an ’embarrassing’ ‘crisis’ for Trump and ‘one of the roughest foreign-policy challenges’ he’s faced yet, experts say

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Foreign-policy experts say the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is “embarrassing” and a “crisis” for President Donald Trump. Experts seem to disagree, however, on how big of a challenge this poses to Trump’s overall agenda. They say the situation creates tension between Trump and the GOP foreign-policy establishment in Congress. Experts […]