The United States President Donald Trump on Sunday said there’s no reason for him to listen to an audio recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, supplied by the Turkish government, as he knows everything about the incident.
“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape,” Trump said in the interview with Fox News Sunday, reported The Star. “I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it. I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it . . . . It was very violent, very vicious and terrible.”
Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family, was killed on October 2nd inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. As per reports, American intelligence agencies have concluded that it was the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who ordered Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, according to an anonymous U.S. official who has knowledge about the assessment.
During the interview, Trump said that the crown prince had told him many times that he had nothing to do with the killing. He said he wanted to maintain a close alliance with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi’s death.
“Will anybody really know?” the US President asked. “You saw we put on very heavy sanctions, massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia. But, at the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”
On Saturday, Trump announced that his administration will come up with a full report about the Jamal Khashoggi murder case over the next two days. He said the report will include the crucial answer to the question who killed Khashoggi. It currently remains unclear if the report would be made public.