This morning, USA Today attempted to shame President Trump with an article touting the decisions by Finland, Denmark, and Germany to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of Khashoggi. In the article, USA Today pointed out that in the US, there appears to be bipartisan support for criticism of Saudi Arabia, while President Trump says “he’ll stand by the kingdom”, while pushing the narrative that Trump refuses to punish Saudi Arabia, because he only cares about oil prices and arms sales, while ignoring the murder of “green card holder” and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.
After reports surfaced showing a CIA assessment concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, Trump said the U.S. would stick by the kingdom.
The president cited oil prices and an arms deal in his rationale. He publicly questioned the CIA’s assessment, emphasizing Salman’s denials even as the Saudi government’s account of Khashoggi’s fate has repeatedly shifted.
On Thursday, Trump said the crown prince “regretted the death more than I do” and reiterated his position that there was no conclusive evidence tying the crown prince to Khashoggi’s murder.
“The CIA doesn’t say they did it. They do point out certain things, and in pointing out those things, you can conclude that maybe he did or maybe he didn’t,” the president said.
Almost two months after his murder, a few new details about the Washington Post columnist are coming to light.
Townhall is reporting that Khaghossi was not, in fact, a green card holder in the US, as previously reported.
Mohamad Soltan, an Egyptian-American activist who sees Khashoggi regularly in Washington, told Reuters that Khashoggi was in the United States on an O-visa, a temporary residency visa awarded to foreigners “who possess extraordinary ability” in the sciences, arts, education, and other fields and are recognized internationally, and had applied for permanent residency status.
Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who specializes in Middle East security issues, cited evidence from a letter that was sent to President Trump and signed by several members of Congress, proving that Khashoggi was not a green card holder: Further evidence indicating that Khashoggi did not have a green card
— Mike (@Doranimated) November 21, 2018