Internet Blasts Trump's Weak and Bizarre Comments About Saudi Plot to Kill Khashoggi

Internet Blasts Trump's Weak and Bizarre Comments About Saudi Plot to Kill Khashoggi

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump finally came out and blamed Saudi Arabia for the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But his choice of language was notably bizarre, almost as if he was blaming them more for being caught than for actually committing the atrocity.

"They had a very bad original concept," said Trump. "It was carried out poorly and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups. Very simple. Bad deal, should have never been thought of. Somebody really messed up."

In short time, Twitter was full of criticism of Trump's remark.

As if bringing home the point that he didn't really object to the crime itself that much, Trump added that he is still opposed to canceling arms deals with Saudi Arabia, something allied countries like Germany are already starting to do. Such a move, he insists, would only be "hurting ourselves."

Trump has been very slow to react to Khashoggi's alleged murder in the Turkish consulate by Saudi officials as retribution for his criticisms of the crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, which Turkish officials say followed torture and live dismemberment. The Saudi government has acknowledged Khashoggi's death, but insists — contrary to all available evidence — that he was killed after he started a fight. Initially, the president tried to downplay the incident by pointing out that Khashoggi was only a permanent resident, not a U.S. citizen.


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