Nikki Haley Sternly Warns: US Can’t Give Saudis A ‘Free Pass’ On Khashoggi
Former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley seemed to break away from the Trump Administration after strongly calling for action against Saudi Arabia for the killing of US Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Haley, who is being replaced by a former Fox News host, urged the US to take necessary action in an interview with the Atlantic.
You have Saudi government officials that did this in a Saudi consulate. We can’t give them a pass, because that’s not who America is, Haley said. We can’t condone [the murder], we can’t ever say it’s OK, we can’t ever support thuggish behavior, and we have to say that, she added.
But Haley’s remarks lose all their luster when considering she outright refused to single out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite numerous reports from US Intelligence agencies directly linking the Saudi prince to the gruesome killing.
“I think all of that, the administration needs to decide,” she said about Prince Mohammed’s alleged involvement.
However, Haley downright refused to take President Trump’s stance that the murder presented the US with a choice to continue its unfettered support for Saudi Arabia or human rights.
The Khashoggi killing grew even more disgraceful for the Trump Administration after it was reported that Jared Kushner had counseled Mohammed bin Salman over the political fallout from the murder of Khashoggi. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) pounced on that report, rebuking the Trump Admin.
We don’t need direct evidence that [the Saudi crown prince] ordered the code red on this thing, said Rubio earlier today on CNN’s State of the Union. The bottom line is that there is no way that 17 people close to [Prince Mohammed] got a charter plane, flew to a third country, went into a consulate, killed and chopped up a man and flew back, and he didn’t know about it, much less order it. Adding, [Saudi Arabia] is not a de-centralised country. That in a country like that, a man with his power, his influence and his control did not know it and did not order, it’s just not believable.
Rubio and other Republican Senators have all backed a resolution that unequivocally states that the Saudi prince was “complicit” in the killing.