American President Donald Trump expressed his view on the killing of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, suspecting the involvement of the Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the case.
“Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage. He’s running things and so if anybody were going to be, would be him,” said Mr. Trump, in an interview by Wall Street Journal, when questioned about the prince’ association with the case.
He told that he had been thoroughly questioned the Prince about the controversial case and had posed his questions in multiple ways. “My first question to him was, ‘Did you know anything about it in terms of the initial planning.’ Prince Mohammed replied that he didn’t”, said Mr. Trump.
About 21 of the Saudi Arabian citizens’ visas would be revoked or will be made ineligible due to this contentious murder case, as announced by the state department. Yet Trump administration is striving to retain the initiative amongst the uproar over a murder that has derailed the US-Saudi alliance.
The secretary of US, Mike Pompeo, said: “The other measures were being considered including sanctions. These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States.”
He added, “We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence. Neither the President nor I am happy with this situation.”