MSNBC's Katy Tur slaps down GOP's John Kennedy for saying we need to go easy on Saudi Arabia
MSNBC host Katy Tur and Sen. John Kennedy. (Screenshot)

As the global fallout over Saudi Arabia's murder of a journalist on Turkish soil continued Wednesday, some Republicans—alongside President Donald Trump—aired a series of excuses for continuing to collaborate with the Saudi regime.


Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to warn of a "powder keg" exploding in the Middle East if America's relationship with Saudi Arabia is threatened.

Tur slapped Kennedy down, pointing out that even though Jamal Khashoggi was not a US citizen, his killing nevertheless took place while he lived in America.

"This was a US resident. He lived in Virginia," Tur said.

Kennedy continued to insist that Saudi Arabia was too important of an ally for the US to alienate the Gulf monarchy.

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