Tunisia activists protest Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince visit


In wake of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder and dismemberment, allegedly ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself, and as the Yemen war continues to erupt, United States President Donald Trump keeps taking credit for falling oil prices.

"The report is really clear, and the president should be stronger", he said.

Democrats intend to probe U.S. President Donald Trump's financial ties to determine whether they are the "hidden hand" driving U.S. foreign policy on Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

Despite concerns with Saudi Arabia, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn threw cold water on moving forward with the Sanders-Lee-Murphy proposal: "I hope we don't give Iran a pass in Yemen".

Schiff says Trump is telegraphing to despots he will have "their back" if they praise or do business with him.

"The CIA doesn't say they did it", Trump said Thursday.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters after a news conference in Washington, July 17, 2018.

MBS is also expected to participate in the G20 Summit in Argentina at the end of the month, which will be attended by leaders from the United States, Turkey and other European countries.

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On Wednesday Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly killing would not be tolerated.

"I do think we need to look into [the Khashoggi killing] further..."

Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a frequent Trump critic, said on Fox News, "Making the realist case (about the need for a U.S. -Saudi alliance) is a different thing than being so weak that we failed to tell the truth". "And if there are indicators coming from those intelligence agencies, he also needs to be involved in some sort of action".

Saudi prosecutors have said a 15-man team sent to Istanbul killed Khashoggi with tranquilizers and dismembered his body, which has not been found.

The journalists pointed out that: "The attempts of Bin Salman and the royal family to evade responsibility requires journalists in Egypt and around the world to condemn this regime, on top of which the king and his crown prince, and putting them on top of the list of the enemies of freedom of expression and journalism in the world".

Prior to his death, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in September 2017, saying Saudi Arabia "banned him from Twitter". "Strength is telling the truth even when it's hard".

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, a frequent Trump critic, criticised the U.S. president's stance on Khashoggi's killing as "weak".