Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker says the United States should impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia for the murder of a journalist, if it is revealed that the Crown Prince had him murdered.
However, Corker admitted that EE. UU He faces a delicate situation when taking punitive measures, if it is revealed that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated by the crown prince of the Saudi crown Mohammad bin Salman inside the embassy of the country in Turkey.
"Obviously, if he went out and murdered this journalist, now he crossed the line, and there has to be a punishment and a price for that," the president of the Senate of Foreign Relations of the state of the CNN Union said Sunday.
Although Corker said he believes that Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, was "killed on purpose" In a Saudi operation led by the Crown Prince, he says he still wants to see a full investigation.
The official history of Saudi behind Khashoggi's murder has changed drastically in the weeks since he first disappeared into the embassy on October 2, after entering paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.
On October 4, Saudi government officials said he had left the consulate through a back door. With time it became clear that he never left. On October 19, the next story was that he died in a fight inside the consulate.
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The crown prince of the Saudi crown Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and President Trump in the Oval Office in March. While Trump admits that the Saudi government's stories about the murder of the Washington Post journalist have been "everywhere", he has still praised the Crown Prince's government, and said he has not heard "in any way" if he is responsible.
Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker (left) says he believes Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Prince Crown directive, but wants the investigation completed before the US. UU Take measurements. He says that if that is the case, the United States should impose sanctions.
President Trump said earlier this week, "Their stories are everywhere" about the Saudi government's various claims about how Khashoggi died.
In the interview, Corker said Saudi Arabia had "lost all credibility in terms of explaining what has happened."
"I do not think anyone believes that story," Corker said of the alleged embassy fight that the Saudi government is running around.
Trump has been criticized for continuing to play favorites with the Saudi government. While denouncing his fictional stories about Khahoggi's death, he still praised the Crown Prince.
"He is seen as a person who can keep things under control," Trump de Bin Salman told the Washington Post in an interview on Saturday night, adding that "I say it in a positive way."
"He really loves his country," Trump said, adding that he had not "listened in any way" if the Crown Prince was responsible for the journalist's murder.
Corker said he did not believe President Trump was trying to help the Saudis cover up what had happened, but noted the precarious position in which the United States is in diplomatic relationship with the rich foreign power.
He told CNN that, understanding that the Crown Prince may be in power for decades to come, "you can understand that the President wants to keep channels open."
Corker also added that the father of the crown prince, King Salman, "is not particularly consistent."
Meanwhile, Corker hopes that Turkey will deliver the alleged Khashoggi tapes that were killed and that their government previously said they had.
He says that, from now on, he does not believe that the United States has received those alleged tapes.
Corker said he still hoped that Turkey would deliver the alleged tapes of what happened, but that after a conversation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he did not believe that the United States had received the tapes since Saturday afternoon.
"We must also think about the fact that Saudi Arabia is a country that is a very important country," Corker said.
"And so, we have to find a way to have a nuanced response to this situation, but once again, if he ordered it, we must apply the same types of sanctions that we have done with other people who have done the same."