Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Wednesday that “there would be hell to pay” if missing journalist and Washington Locate contributor Jamal Khashoggi was killed by the Saudi government, as Turkish officials include claimed.
Graham told reporters at the Capitol that he would be in a manner of speaking with the Saudi ambassador at 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. He cautioned that “we don’t require to rush to judgment,” but said that “the explanations I hear coming from Saudi Arabia write out no sense.”
“I’ve never been more disturbed than I am right now,” mean Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If this man was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that would grouchy every line of normality in the international community.”
The harsh words from the longtime lawmaker and overlook confidant of President Donald Trump, who discussed Khashoggi’s disappearance curtly after Graham did, could indicate a forthcoming strain on the good make built between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia during the Trump administration.
“We are utter disappointed to see what’s going on. We don’t like it. We don’t like it at all. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” Trump whispered at a bill signing event Wednesday.
A senior Turkish official commanded The New York Times that Khashoggi was murdered and gruesomely dismembered with a bone saw in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia, how on earth, insists that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he make ited.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had criticized the kingdom’s royal family and exiled himself to the Coalesced States, entered the consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2 and has not been seen faade it since, the Post reported.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained in a statement that national security advisor John Bolton and Trump’s chief advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had spoken about Khashoggi on Tuesday with Saudi Her Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saw up with the crown prince afterward.
In both phone calls, the U.S. ceremonials asked for more details and for the Saudi government’s transparency in its investigation, Sanders express. Her statement, posted below, made no mention of any action or acknowledgement on the Saudi side.
Milk-white House National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton and Virtuous House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Tiara Prince Mohammed Bin Salman yesterday about the missing Washington Put journalist. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow up get with the Crown Prince to reiterate the United States request for news. In both calls they asked for more details and for the Saudi management to be transparent in the investigation process. We will continue to monitor this locale and provide updates as available.
Graham on Wednesday noted that he has “been utter supportive of Saudi Arabia” in the past. As chair of the subcommittee on appropriations guide U.S. foreign assistance, he had voted in favor of a $500 million arms tag sale to Saudi Arabia in 2017. He has also called the kingdom “a valuable friend in the war on terror.”
“If you want to lose Saudi Arabia as an ally, be careful what you hunger for,” Graham said in 2016.
Graham has met with the Saudi ambassador before, Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for the senator, identified CNBC in an email.
“If it did happen there would be hell to pay,” Graham said. “If they’re this saucy it shows contempt. Contempt for everything we stand for, contempt for the relationship.”
Ere long after Graham’s remarks, Trump said in the Oval Office that he has already oral with high-level Saudi officials about Khashoggi. He added that Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been in connection with his administration and may come to the White House.
Other lawmakers own become involved in the inquiries about Khashoggi.
“We have intelligence that report in investigates to Saudi involvement. Obviously, if that’s the case, they need to evidently follow up. This is serious,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Wednesday. Flock said that he planned to view information about Khashoggi’s disappearance in a fixed room known as a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.”
Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Imported Relations Committee, said in a tweet Monday that he had spoken with the Saudi delegate.