Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said Sunday that the Trump administration is “giving a pass to dictators around the world” by not punishing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
King said during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Trump’s statement last week on Saudi Arabia, which reaffirmed the U.S. alliance with the kingdom, “was amazing because it made it sound easy.”
.@SenAngusKing on the @realDonaldTrump administration’s response to Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s death: So far what they’re doing is giving a pass to this guy, and I think it gives a pass to dictators around the world. pic.twitter.com/amJcpD54yH
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 25, 2018
“It basically said, ‘We’ve got an important relationship with Saudi Arabia, therefore we’re going to turn a blind eye to this.’ It’s not that easy,” King said.
“We do have to make these difficult decisions, but so far what they’re doing is giving a pass to this guy, and I think it gives a pass to dictators around the world,” he added. “That’s the danger. It undermines our values and the authority of our values across the planet.” – READ MORE