President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump appeared on Fox News Friday and seemed to equivocate on holding Saudi Arabia accountable for the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“I think it’s tough. You can’t have journalists getting murdered. The way they did it was obviously savage … God knows what actually happened in that room, but whatever happened was clearly awful,” Trump said.
“At the same time, I think we need to be honest with ourselves. As America we face a little bit of a problem. We don’t have all that many friends in the Middle East, right? We have real problems in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia has actually been a friend to the US in many ways.”
He then detailed all of the arms purchases Saudi has pledged to make from the US.
“You cannot be executing journalists … or anybody else. You can’t be doing that. It’s behavior that’s savage ” Trump said. “At the same time, who are our friends in the Middle East? What are you going to do, take that and throw all of that away?”
Outrage over the apparent torture and murder of Khashoggi refuses to die down, despite the hopes of key members of the Trump team. Earlier in the week Jared Kushner reportedly told the President to stick with Mohammed bin Salman since international attention to the incident would fade.
Trump also suggested that the Saudis have already been punished, given all the CEOs that have pulled back from their previous enthusiastic support of the regime.