Tuesday 16 July 2019

Trump calls Saudi operation ‘worst cover-up ever’

The US president said ‘they had a very bad original concept’ and it was ‘carried out poorly’.

Donald Trump (Evan Vucci/AP)
Donald Trump (Evan Vucci/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

US President Donald Trump has criticised the Saudi operation that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling it one of the “worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups”.

Mr Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he is expecting a full report on the killing soon.

But he said “they had a very bad original concept” and it was “carried out poorly”.

Jamal Khashoggi (Hasan Jamali/AP)

He called the events after Mr Khashoggi’s death “the worst cover-up ever”.

Saudi Arabia has claimed Mr Khashoggi, a writer for The Washington Post who wrote critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, died accidentally in a brawl at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But Turkish officials say a 15-man team tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and say Saudi officials had planned the killing for days.

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