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Trump dismisses United Nations report on Khashoggi murder citing billion dollar arms deals

25 June 2019

United States President Donald Trump has on Monday turned down calls to probe the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia and refused to agree whether he would hold Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for his death, a day after a United Nations (UN) expert called for global investigation into Riyadh's official's involvement in the killing of Khashoggi.

He spoke horny days after an goal United Nations file published modern small print of the Saudi journalist's death and obvious dismemberment by the fingers of Saudi agents.

He said the slaying of Khashoggi has already been "heavily investigated".

The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo did not discuss the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a meeting with Saudi king it has been reported, in the latest sign the Trump administration is trying to drop the subject. The report said the crown prince and other senior officials should be investigated over Khashoggi's murder.

The crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and defense minister, will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, Moon's office said.

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The CIA and Turkish authorities investigated Khashoggi's death and determined MBS personally ordered his murder. And then you go outside the Middle East, and you take a look at what's happening with countries.

"That means something to me", the president said.

US intelligence agencies previously had concluded that the crown prince ordered that Khashoggi be killed when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2 to pick up documents to marry his Turkish fiancee. "It's a big producer of jobs".

Todd asked if he was willing to overlook Saudi's behavior as long as they kept their wallet open.

"Here's where I am, you ready?"

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Trump responded saying he's "not like a fool that says, 'We don't want to do business with them'".

Giant banners welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to South Korea hangs on the S-Oil headquarters building in Seoul, South Korea, June 24, 2019.

The Senate voted last week to block an $8 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia last week, but not with a veto-proof majority.

US President Donald Trump shrugged off his own government's reports concluding Saudi Arabian leadership directed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago, stressing that the Middle Eastern kingdom is a valuable ally to the US. "You would think that would give us pause as to giving Saudi Arabia or selling Saudi Arabia more weapons".

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Trump dismisses United Nations report on Khashoggi murder citing billion dollar arms deals