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>> We are with Saudi Arabia. We're staying with Saudi Arabia, and by->> President Donald Trump on Tuesday adamantly refusing to condemn Saudi Arabia's de facto leader for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Doubling down on his support for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, even after Trump's own CIA said bin Salman had likely ordered Khashoggi killed.
In an unusual statement starting with, The world is a very dangerous place and littered with exclamation points, Trump said we may never know all the facts surrounding Khashoggi's murder. The statement at odds with the CIA's assessment placing the blame on the crown prince known as MBS. Saying Khashoggi's brutal killing and dismemberment at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul could not have happened without MBS being aware.
>> This is about America First.>> Trump citing concerns about Iran and protecting weapon sales to Riyadh.>> It means hundreds of thousands of jobs.>> But Reuters' Arshad Mohammed says there may be another unspoken reason.>> What can the United States ultimately do? Can it dictate to the king of Saudia Arabia that he should not make his favorite son his heir?
It's perfectly possible that the king will say, well I'm sorry, but this is my choice. And then the United States can end up dealing with him potentially for another 50 years. And he's likely to be pretty annoyed that you wanted to deprive him of what he feels is his rightful place.
>> Trump had said a full report would be coming. But on Tuesday he instead seemed to cast doubt on the CIA's findings, saying It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't, saying either way the US intended to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia.
>> If we broke with them, I think your oil prices would go through the roof.>> Trump failing to mention Khashoggi's role as a journalist, but pointing out that Saudi Arabia considers Khashoggi an enemy of the state and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.>> The risk is that it sends a signal that the United States doesn't care that much about human rights.
The risk is that other countries' leaders may feel that they can kill journalists with impunity.>> Trump on a collision course with top lawmakers in his own party, including close ally Senator Lindsey Graham, who has repeatedly denounced bin Salman as unfit to lead. Sources close to the royal court tell Reuters some members of the ruling family are gathering support to prevent MBS from becoming king, and that King Salman's younger brother could take the throne after his death.