Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
Just days after the CIA leaked to the Washington Post its determination that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, was directly involved with the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump asked rhetorically in an interview that aired on Sunday “will anybody really know?” who was behind the murder and that he had no reason to listen to the recording of the assassination given over by the Turkish government.
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“Because it’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it.”
It’s strange, however, because while the interview with Fox was filmed on Friday, Trump told reporters outside the White House on Saturday morning, just before leaving for a trip to visit fire damage in California, “we haven’t been briefed yet” about the Khashoggi murder.
On Thursday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeirs said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had “absolutely nothing to do” with Khashoggi, and in Trump’s interview with Fox the president said the prince himself directly denied being involved on multiple occasions.
“He told me that he had nothing to do with it,” the president said of the prince. “He told me that—I would say maybe five times at different points.” He also added, “But I can say this, he’s got many people now that say he had no knowledge.”
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