Trump nominates new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Minnie Murray
November 15, 2018

She and another employee chose to share their displeasure after Cirque founder Guy Laliberte last month expressed his own discomfort with the decision to perform in Saudi Arabia last September.

Prince Mohammed "has been unstable and unreliable and I don't see the situation getting fixed as long as he's around", Graham said.

The phone call did not mention the Prince by name, but the newspaper says United States intelligence officials believe "your boss" was a reference to the young ruler, while Turkish intelligence officers said they thought he was speaking to one of Bin Salman's aides.

Saudi Arabia is a key US economic, diplomatic and strategic partner in the Middle East, though relations have been strained since the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the kingdom. "We want the person who gave the order to be revealed".

The South Carolina Republican is among a number of USA lawmakers, from both Democratic and Republican parties, who have pushed for action against Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi and other concerns.

His comments came after a recorded phone call linked the Washington Post columnist's death to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, as Turkey drip-feeds information on the murder to the press.

"Turkey has several audio recordings, including the killing itself and conversations prior to the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered", two sources with knowledge of the issue said. But as global pressure mounted, the kingdom said he had died in an interrogation gone awry. But the absence of an ambassador in Riyadh, almost two years into his presidency, has become more glaring amid rising tensions between the countries. If Mohammed Bin Salman is willing to kill a journalist on foreign soil as the Crown Prince he will only become bolder as King.

Speaking to Turkish reporters while traveling back from Paris, where he met with leaders from France, Germany and the United States, Erdogan said the crown price was failing to follow through on his promise to expose the truth about the disappearance and death of Khashoggi.


President Donald Trump will nominate retired Gen. John Abizaid, the former head of US Central Command, as the new American ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced Tuesday.

Saudi authorities had earlier confirmed that Khashoggi had died inside its consular premises in Istanbul, leading to the arrest of 18 Saudi officials in connection with the crime.

"The Saudi consulate is on Saudi territory but within the Republic of Turkey", he said, adding that human rights groups should attend the trial. "I'll be shocked if that turns out to be true", he said.

An global investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is essential, Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday, and reiterated Turkish decisiveness to solve the case.

"We will do whatever needed to shed light on all its aspects of this murder", Cavusoglu said. The Turkish government has said Saudi agents working on behalf of the government killed and dismembered him; his remains have not been recovered.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he would discuss the possibility of forcing a vote this year on ending USA involvement in Yemen's conflict under the War Powers Act.

But he appears to reluctant to end arms sales to the Gulf kingdom amid a lack of hard evidence that directly incriminates the Saudi leadership.

Through the ordeal, Trump has repeatedly said he values the U.S. -Saudi partnership.

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