'Completely Outrageous': Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Blasts 'Sell Out' Trump Over His Tepid Response to Murder of Journalist Khashoggi

Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday slammed Donald Trump’s lukewarm reaction to the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and permanent resident of the U.S.

MSNBC host Alex Witt asked McFaul whethergiven the available informationhe believes Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance. The journalist was last seen on Oct. 2 entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Turkish officials claim to have audio and video proof of Khashoggi’s killing inside the consulate; meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman claims the journalist left the consulate through a bank entrance.

McFaul replied that he “wants more details” about the disappearance but that “circumstantial evidence points to either he was assassinated in the consulate or he was abducted.”

“I wish we would put more pressure on the government to come clean as to what happened inside that consulate,” McFaul added.

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