Secretary of State Mike Pompeo completely agrees with the US President Donald Trump as far as Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s connection in the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is concerned. Pompeo is scheduled to brief House leaders in Washington on the journalist’s death in a classified setting on Capitol Hill.
During an interview with the host of “Fox & Friends”, when Pompeo was asked about his upcoming briefing to the House of Representatives regarding Khashoggi’s murder, he said he will stand by the same thing that has been said to the people of America.
“We’re gonna say to the House what we’ve said to the American people,” Pompeo said, reported The Daily Mail.
Pompeo along with President Trump continue to stick to their words that the CIA assessment has not provided any direct evidence that links Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Oct. 2 murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The two claim that the Crown Prince had no knowledge of the murder before it took place.
However, Pompeo stated that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a tragic and heinous crime. He added that the murder of a journalist is not something that the US government approves of. He also mentioned that 17 Saudis who committed the crime have already been held accountable.
“We’ve already held a number of individuals accountable by putting sanctions on them, those that we have evidence were directly involved. We’ll continue to develop the facts,” the US Secretary of State said.
Pompeo added that America is and will continue to be an important ally of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi kingdom has always shown support on issues that provide security for America and for Israel. He added that it is very important for the United States to maintain its relationship with the kingdom.