Last week, we reported that Turkey has provided President Donald Trump with evidence that Saudi Arabia murdered reporter Jamal Khashoggi inside consulate.
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, was openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi thrown.
The Crown Prince has been busy making many sweeping changes in the Islamic nation and many believe that he ordered the execution of Khashoggi.
President Trump is being pressured by US and foreign politicians to take actions against the Saudi government and he has vowed severe punishment if it is proven that the Saudi government was behind the Khashoggi disappearance and murder.
While Trump is weighing his options, the Saudi government announced that if Trump does retaliate against them for the murder that they will retaliate with ‘great action’.
(Fox News) – The government of Saudi Arabia on Sunday vowed to retaliate with “greater action” if the Trump administration punishes the country for the apparently preplanned murder of a dissident earlier this month inside its Turkish Embassy.
Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote columns in the Washington Post critical of the Saudi government, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul October 2 and disappeared. Trump has said the U.S. would be “very upset and angry” if the Saudi government was behind it and, in an interview with “60 Minutes,” he clarified that there would be “severe punishment.”
“The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by waving economic sanctions, using political pressure, or repeating false accusations,” the country said in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency.
“The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, [and] that the Kingdom’s economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy,” the statement continues…
Last week, I asked if Trump should take action against Saudi Arabia for the murder of Khashoggi.
A number of officials are calling for Trump to cancel an arms deal with Saudi Arabia that is worth over $100 billion.
Trump says he will not cancel the arms deal because it will impact many American workers.
Perhaps the question that really needs to be asked is if the United States will begin retaliating against every country that takes action to silence dissidents?
If so, then we better start here at home with some of the questionable silencing that has happened, like that of Seth Rice, the former DNC worker.
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