President Donald Trump might not believe his own intelligence services, according to Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts.
The CIA reportedly believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump, however, issued a statement Tuesday saying that “it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”
“Clearly the CIA listened to the tape, and the president of Turkey says the tape was played for Gina Haspel, the CIA director when she was over there doing an investigation,” Roberts said.
“Clearly the CIA has plenty of assets on the ground in both Saudi Arabia and in Turkey. Turkish officials have been more than happy to tell what they believe is their side of the story. Much more so than Saudi Arabia has. So I would think — and there are reports in The New York Times and other media outlets that the CIA has come to the conclusion that that Mohammed bin Salman did order at the very least the abduction, if not the killing, of Jamal Khashoggi,” Roberts remarked.
“But again the president is keeping that at arm’s length, saying maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, we’ll never know, so we are probably not going to do anything more.”
Fox News host Harris Faulkner then asked if Trump believed the CIA.
“You’d have to ask him,” Roberts replied. “I mean, that is a question we have asked many, many times dealing with Russia and interference in the US election, and the president on just about every occasion has fudged on it.”
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