- President Donald Trump told veteran journalist Bob Woodward that he protected Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and then Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
- According to Woodward’s new book, amid America’s resentment over Khashogi’s assassination, Trump said, “I saved him.” I was able to leave Congress alone. I was able to stop them. “
- The president also told Woodward that he did not believe MBS ordered Khashogi’s assassination, despite the fact that the US and other foreign intelligence services concluded that he personally ordered the attack.
- After Khashogi’s assassination, Trump sidelined Congress to sell arms to the Saudis and the UAE for about $ 8 billion and sold a trio of resolutions as well as US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Prohibited the resolution to terminate.
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President Donald Trump told veteran journalist Bob Woodward that he saved Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) from a congressional investigation after the ruthless killing of American journalist Jaimash Khashoggi.
This is according to Woodward’s forthcoming book “Rage”. A book written by Insider is slated for release on 15 September.
Woodward gave 18 extensive interviews with the president for the book, as well as interviews with several senior White House officials and former administration officials. Still, Trump last month called the book “a FAKE, as always, as many others have done.”
Woodward wrote that Trump called him on January 22, shortly after attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. During the conversation, Woodward told the president about the horrific murder of Khashoggi.
The longtime Washington Post columnist was known for his criticism of the Saudi Empire. The 59-year-old journalist was assassinated on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and then went there for paperwork for his upcoming wedding.
The CIA concluded a little over a month later that MBS had personally ordered Khashogi’s murder.
According to his book, Woodward told Trump on January 22, “People in the Post are upset over Khashogi’s murder.” “This is one of the most horrific things. You have said it yourself.”
“Yes, but Iran is killing 36 people a day, so -” Trump began, before Woodward redirected negotiations to assassinate Khashogi.
Woodward wrote that he continued to press Trump about MBS’s role in ordering Khashogi’s murder, which has been widely reported.
According to the book, amid US outrage after Khashogi’s assassination, Trump said in 2018, “I made one of my saves-“. “I was able to leave Congress alone. I was able to stop them.”
During his January 22 conversation with Woodward, the president said, “Well, I understand what you’re saying, and I’ve covered a lot. I know everything about the whole situation.”
Trump said that Saudi Arabia spends billions of dollars on American products. He also insisted on MBS’s claim of acquittal, despite the fact that US intelligence and other foreign intelligence agencies have concluded otherwise.
“He would always say he didn’t do it,” Trump said of MBS. “He says that to everyone, and frankly I’m glad he says that. But that’s what he would say to Congress, and he would say the same to everyone. He never said he did it . ”
“Do you believe he did it?” Woodward asked.
“No, he says he didn’t do it,” Trump responded.
“I know, but do you really believe -” Woodward began before he was cut off by Trump.
The president said, “He says very strongly that he didn’t do it. Bob, he spent $ 400 billion in a very short period of time.” “And you know, they’re in the Middle East. You know, they’re big. Because of their religious monuments, you know, they’re real power. They have oil, but they also have great monuments to religion .. You know that, okay? For that religion. ”
He said, “If they don’t stay then they won’t last even a week.”
Trump repeatedly used executive power to block or bypass congressional efforts to cut ties with Riyadh after Khashogi’s assassination.
He vetoed a bipartisan bill to end US support for the Saudis in Yemen. The war in Yemen has fueled a devastating humanitarian crisis, and the Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians using American-made bombs.
The president bypassed Congress to push Saudi and the United Arab Emirates through arms sales of about $ 8 billion, and he subsequently vetoed several proposals blocking the sale.
More recently, Trump has moved to sell armed drones to Saudis and other countries in the region to circumvent a decade-old arms control agreement that sparked backlash from Democrats and Republicans in Congress.