Twitter slams Donald Trump for standing with the Saudis, smearing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and undercutting our intelligence agencies: “Helsinki all over again,” one lawmaker tweeted.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen tweeted that “Trump’s habit of siding with murderous foreign dictators over American intelligence professionals is a stain on our democracy that undermines the American ideal.”
Trump issued an exclamation-marked statement saying that it’s about America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and offered no punitive measures for Khashoggi’s murder. He wrote that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “maybe did or maybe didn’t know” about the murder. The statement is also filled with lies…but that’s for another discussion.
Trump smeared Khashoggi by saying that some in Saudi Arabia viewed him as an “enemy of the state,” a term which he has used to attack the U.S. media. He also pushed the conspiracy theory that Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Twitter slams Donald Trump for siding with Saudis and smearing Jamal Khashoggi:
Donald Trump is showing more deference and respect to the Saudi Royals than he showed to Admiral McRaven — the American who oversaw the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.
— VoteVets (@votevets) November 20, 2018
I plan to vote against any future arms sales and appropriation to Saudi Arabia. I also believe that the United States should consider sanctions against the crown prince and that the Saudi ambassador to the United States should not be allowed to continue in that role.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) November 20, 2018
A written statement, issued in the President's name from the White House, puts the CIA's reported high confidence assessment on par with Saudi denials. How appointed intelligence leaders could continue to serve after this betrayal is beyond me. https://t.co/bulnuF1mpD
— Ned Price (@nedprice) November 20, 2018
President Trump’s habit of siding with murderous foreign dictators over American intelligence professionals is a stain on our democracy that undermines the American ideal… https://t.co/KGqm3CLrvT
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) November 20, 2018
We cannot turn a blind eye to the murder of #Khashoggi, or the politics at play in the Middle East. The US must stay consistent, trust our intelligence, & hold those responsible accountable for their crimes – including those committed by Iran, Russia, etc.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) November 20, 2018
Helsinki all over again. https://t.co/W1OTHVe19R
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) November 20, 2018
Trump’s statement on Saudi Arabia + #Khashoggi is full of lies and a blatant disregard for his own intelligence agencies.
It also shows an unforgivable disregard for the lives of Saudis who dare criticize the regime.
This is a new low.https://t.co/mMELjLico8
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) November 20, 2018
This reads like a YouTube comment. https://t.co/934CrbtEVo
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 20, 2018