The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – which CIA investigators concluded was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman – shocked Americans everywhere. Khashoggi had a history of reporting unfavorably on Bin Salman and questioning the Saudi Arabian regime as a whole.
Despite the conclusions of federal investigators, President Donald Trump emphasized the Saudi King’s and Crown Prince’s denials and said in a lengthy statement:
“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”
Earlier this week, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed Senate leaders on the intelligence that led the agency to conclude Bin Salman’s direct involvement in Khashoggi’s murder. After the briefing, Senators unanimously sided with the CIA but only a few of the Republican senators called out the President’s hesitation to stand up to the Saudi crown.
One of those is Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who said of Trump’s response:
“To use that as the reason that we’re not going to say anything about this is just – it’s un-American. That’s not what we do as America. We – Y’know, we provide aid to other countries, we do so because we want to see good things happen in those countries. We espouse American values all over the world. And to say ‘well, no, they’re going to buy some arms from us, and so it’s okay to kill a journalist’ sends exactly the wrong message about who we are as a country.”
See Corker’s comments in the video below:
Many Americans were in agreement.
Trump should be charged with treason!
— Fran (@hrsracefan) December 6, 2018
Was so proud when Corker said that the way Trumpleforeskin is handling the savage murder of Khashoggi is unAmerican. Many top Republicans are boiling mad and are pushing back against their leader. Trumpleforeskin has no idea how much trouble he is in. Burins
— Holly Go Lightly (@imahealer) December 6, 2018
Please, I pray they actually do something!!!
— RFriend2012 (@RFriend2012) December 7, 2018
…yet a pretty accurate message.
— dshepelwich (@Sheptacular) December 7, 2018
For some, Senator Corker (who is in his last term)’s words were negated by his complicity to the rest of the Trump agenda.
But you've supported everything else, boy bye.
— Boston Baked Beans (@TheEyesTheEyes) December 6, 2018
Bob Corker (R) has called trump’s continued support of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "un-American" in the wake of the Khashoggi’s murder. Corker also vowed to keep voting republican because he hasn’t gotten any smarter.
— David Cap (@non_GOP) December 6, 2018
You don't get to bash the illegitimate president, when you aided and abetted him every step of the way. Fuck you, Corker.
GOP senator on Trump's comments: Un-Americanhttps://t.co/wgbtOBFREs
— Mary Jane Tod (@embolina95) December 7, 2018
While the Republican Senators who were briefed on the matter acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s involvement, few have directly rebuked the President’s inaction.