Former Trump Adviser Blames the Washington Post for Khashoggi’s Murder
Christian Whiton, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, told Fox News this morning that the Washington Post must shoulder the blame for the murder of its journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Whiton, who is a senior fellow at the Center for the National Interest and also advised the George W. Bush administration, defended Trump’s decision not to admonish Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
He also appeared to belittle Khashoggi’s position at the post. Mediaite reported Whiton said, “he wasn’t a reporter, he was an opinion writer and an analyst”. He went on to suggest Khashoggi had previously been, “on the take” from the Saudi government before he changed tack and began publishing articles critical of the Crown Prince.
Whiton then blamed the Washington Post for the journalist’s death. “What got him killed frankly was putting out”, he said. “They [the Washington Post] put out his stuff… not just in English, but in Arabic, and that put him in harm’s way”.
Despite the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) “high confidence” in the Saudi Royal Family’s involvement in orchestrating the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, Whiton also lambasted the CIA in his rant.
The ex-Trump adviser told Fox News that the CIA did a “huge disservice” to Trump, adding that Congress should “do some oversight for real and put the CIA back in its box”. Whiton dismissed the CIA’s findings as guesswork. He said, “they’re guessing, they don’t actually know if MBS [Mohammad Bin Salman] was involved in this”.
Whiton concluded his rant by suggesting, “we should just move on.”