A week ago, journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national, was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
It was reported that he went to the consulate to obtain the necessary papers required in order that he could marry his Turkish fiancé.
Khashoggi has been a very vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, leading many to believe that he was murdered by the Saudi government in the consulate.
Turkey now claims that they have both video and audio proof of the murder leading many to criticize Saudi Arabia and calling for President Trump to hold off on a multi-billion-dollar arms sale to the Saudi government, a key US ally in the area.
(BBC) – Turkish officials have audio and video evidence that shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the BBC has been told.
Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he entered the building on 2 October.
Turkish intelligence had “documented evidence” of the murder, a source close to the investigation said.
Saudi Arabia denies the allegations. It says the journalist left the building.
Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and reported death have prompted international outrage and dented business confidence in Saudi Arabia.
Tycoon Sir Richard Branson has halted talks over $1bn Saudi investment in Virgin space firms and several top business leaders have pulled out of a Saudi investment conference later this month…
What should President Trump do about the apparent Saudi assassination of Khashoggi?
Is it worth risking the relationship of one of America’s better allies in the Middle East?
Is it worth cancelling a weapon’s deal worth over $100 billion?
That arms deals directly impacts the livelihoods of many American workers who rely on that money for their jobs.
If the arms deal is cancelled over this terrible incident in all likelihood, the Saudi government will turn to others for the weapons they want to procure, others meaning possibly Russia
America doesn’t agree with a lot of things that happen in Saudi Arabia and are not in a position to dictate to them.
No matter what decision Trump makes, it will be wrong to many and right to many others.
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