President Donald Trump bragged about protecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) after the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Bob Woodward’s next book says, according to a new report.
Trump bragged about protecting the Saudi Crown Prince from the consequences in the United States following Khashoggi’s assassination in October 2018, Business Insider media outlet reported Thursday.
“I saved his a **,” President Trump said of the American outcry over Khashoggi’s murder, according to Business Insider, citing a copy of Woodward’s book.
“I managed to convince Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them arrested, ”Trump said.
New from me and @sonam_sheth: “I saved his a-“: Trump bragged about protecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, according to Woodward’s new book https: //t.co/JmMFqIhJDE via @businessinsider
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An opinion columnist for the Washington Post newspaper who lived in the United States, Khashoggi had traveled to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a license for his upcoming marriage to his fiancee Hatice. Genghis. He was 59 years old at the time of his assassination inside the consulate.
The president told Woodward he did not believe MBS ordered the murder of Khashoggi, although U.S. and foreign intelligence reportedly concluded that MBS directed the murder.
After Khashoggi’s death sparked outrage from US lawmakers on both sides, Trump bypassed Congress to sell Saudi Arabia about $ 8 billion worth of precision guided missiles and other high-tech weapons and in the United Arab Emirates.
Trump has vetoed three resolutions passed by Congress berating him for the sale and blocked a War Powers Act resolution aimed at ending US military support for the UAE-Saudi-led war in Yemen .
Woodward’s next book, Rage, will be released on September 15th.
Woodward conducted 18 interviews with the president of the book. Audio recordings of Trump’s remarks to Woodward released on Wednesday reignited political controversy in the United States over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Woodward wrote that Trump called him on Jan. 22 shortly after attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. During the conversation, Woodward pressed the president on the gruesome murder of Khashoggi, according to Business Insider.
Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi agents as his fiancee waited outside the consulate building.
An employee of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul told a Turkish court on July 3 that he was asked to light an oven less than an hour after Khashoggi entered the building.
Zeki Demir, a local technician who worked for the consulate, testified on the first day of the Turkish trial in absentia of 20 Saudi officials for the murder of Khashoggi.
“There were five to six people there… They asked me to light the tandoor [oven]. There was an air of panic, ”said Demir.
On Monday, a Saudi court overturned five death sentences for Khashoggi’s murder.