CNN reporter Pamela Brown was “stunned” by President Donald Trump’s statement on Saudi Arabia’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which the president essentially took the side of the Saudi royal family over the assessment of United States intelligence services.
“It is stunning on a number of levels,” said Brown, “particularly the fact that the president hasn’t even received the report from his intelligence community.” The CIA says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the murder of the Washington Post reporter.
“Essentially what he is saying in this statement is that it doesn’t matter if the crown prince had any involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Brown continued, slamming Trump for “standing by” the Saudis when his own intelligence services tell him the opposite. “This is extraordinary and a slap in the face to the intelligence community.”
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