As Twitchy reported Friday, Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly murdered by Saudi Arabian security officials in late September when he visited a consulate office in Turkey. Amazing if true: some reports say he recorded his own murder on his Apple Watch.
Journalists especially are now putting pressure on President Trump to do something about it, and CNN reports today that he’s invited Khashoggi’s fiancée to the White House, among other things. Here’s the latest:
Khashoggi news from Trump in the Oval:
-He has not seen recordings purported to show evidence of journalist's murder, but plans to.
-He will speak tonight or tomorrow with King Salman.
-He won't cancel Saudi's $110 billion arms deal, BUT is considering a "powerful" retaliation.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2018
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof admitted Saturday to “writing while angry,” but he’s just so upset over the Trump administration’s “pathetic” response to Khashoggi’s alleged murder. The president needs to take a hard line with the Saudis.
Maybe we shouldn't write columns when upset. But I was angry as I wrote my Sunday column about the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, about the pathetic White House response, and about all those who fawned over and enabled MBS: https://t.co/GA3GvnhkQ2 Please read and comment.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 13, 2018
Kristof had warned Thursday night that he was outraged over the Trump administration’s connections to Saudi Arabia:
I find it sickening that Saudi leaders would torture and murder Jamal. All US businesses should back out of next week's Saudi conference. And NATO countries should jointly expel Saudi ambassadors and suspend weapons sales, pending Magnitsky Act sanctions investigation. https://t.co/FMeWbDHT6M
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 12, 2018
Your employer is currently selling $11,995/person tours of Saudi Arabia, led by a reporter and an editorial board member, set to disembark in less than a month. https://t.co/5ivucReq9p
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 12, 2018
— Chuck Barham (@ChuckBarham) October 12, 2018
— Such Were the Joys (@laughing_ginger) October 12, 2018
— BloodPundit (@BloodPundit) October 12, 2018
— Thornton Melon (@URaRa_Wisconsin) October 12, 2018
— TheRealBano🇺🇸🇩🇪 (@byBANO) October 12, 2018
He’s not wrong, either. As the Daily Caller reported on Wednesday, the New York Times “has not canceled its vacation packages to Saudi Arabia, despite reports that a journalist who recently went missing was murdered in a Saudi consulate.”
And it’s not like the New York Times has any qualms about offering tours of the No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism either:
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 2, 2018
These sound like wonderful places to tour with a New York Times editor, but we’re holding onto our $11,000 for the moment until the murders die down.
New York Times explains why anti-Kavanaugh opinion writer got a byline on blockbuster ice-throwing story https://t.co/UgBhxsMTAG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 3, 2018