>> But we have a Crown Prince that I believe directed the killing of a journalist.>> Pressure intensifying on President Donald Trump Wednesday. Amid outrage over his ringing defense of Saudi Arabia in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.>> We are with Saudi Arabia.>> Trump on Tuesday rejected penalizing the Saudis for Khashoggi's brutal death last month at the nation's consulate in Istanbul.
But Republican Senator Bob Corker and other lawmakers are pushing back hard. Calling on Trump to condemn Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, known as MBS. Whom the CIA believes gave the order to kill the Washington Post columnist, a frequent critic of the Saudi Royal Court.>> We've got to figure out a way to keep a relationship, but punish the individuals involved.
The head of this country, the Crown Prince, we believe has committed murder.>> And it's just like I said, maybe he did, maybe he didn't.>> Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasting Trump's statement filled with praise for Saudi leaders.>> The language that was used, it was as if they were writing a press release for the Saudi Arabia, not for the United States.
>> Trump has vowed to remain a steadfast partner of the Gulf nation, sighting Saudi arms steals and the need for oil.>> And I'm not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia.>> He took to Twitter on Wednesday, thanking Saudi Arabia for lower oil prices, making no mention of Khashoggi's murder.
Corker and Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez have penned a letter to Trump. Demanding the administration determine whether MBS is responsible for Khashoggi's death. Lawmakers are pushing to apply a law known as the Global Magnitsky Act. First used against Russia, that could freeze Saudi assets. Trump ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, also demanding action.
Tweeting, the behavior of the Crown Prince in multiple ways has shown disrespect for the relationship. And made him, in my view, beyond toxic. Turkey, where Khashoggi was murdered, on Wednesday accused the US of turning a blind eye to the crime. Saudi Arabia has categorically rejected the CIA's finding on Khashoggi's death.
Saying the allegations against Bin Salman have no basis in truth.>>