Trump backs Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi killing

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U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that he ordered the killing, according to a USA official familiar with the assessment.

Among the evidence cited in the report, the official said, is the relationship between members of the kill team and the crown prince, and the hierarchy of the Saudi system.

Footage of Khashoggi entering the Saudi Arabian Consulate building in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancée is the last known visual record of the journalist alive. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information.

When asked on possible French action, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: "We are working very closely with Germany at this moment. and we will decide ourselves a certain number of sanctions very quickly over what we know (about the murder)".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who claims the orders for the killing came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government, has pledged that no cover-up of the crime will be allowed.

Three sources close the royal family spoke to Reuters to discuss the alleged court intrigue, saying that dozens of leading princes and relatives want to remove the crown prince (known by his initials MBS) and replace him with his uncle, King Salman's younger brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, according to the report.

In a farcical statement about the killing - strewn with superfluous exclamation points - the president lashed out at Iran and repeated bogus Saudi talking points about Khashoggi being an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

"That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi".

In an attempt to ease the criticism, the US Treasury Department imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the murder on Thursday.

"Very simply it is called America First!" he concluded.

He said he would listen to their ideas, but only if they are focused on United States national security.

Although the Central Intelligence Agency is not said to have direct evidence linking Mohammed bin Salman to the murder, officials reportedly believe it could not have taken place without his approval.

German officials, who earlier banned new weapons exports to Riyadh, also said they were halting previously approved arms exports.

"The kingdom was founded on Islamic principles of justice and equality, and we are proud of the efforts of the judiciary and the public prosecution and the performance of the job entrusted to them", the King said in his annual address to the Shura Council, a top advisory body.

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