Washington Post CEO Says Trump’s Non-Action on Khashoggi Murder Is a ‘Betrayal of American Values’
Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he will not call for any action against Saudi Arabia regarding Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. He made this announcement despite the fact that the CIA concluded with high confidence that the crown ordered the murder.
Trump explained his decision by saying, “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran.”
The Washington Post, who the murdered journalist wrote for, had vowed to bring the killers to justice. Today the paper was aghast and strongly condemned the president’s decision.
CEO Fred Ryan wrote, “President Trump’s response to the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a betrayal of long-established American values of respect for human rights and the expectation of trust and honesty in our strategic relationships.”
He then called on Trump to explain his decision to ignore CIA intelligence. “The Central Intelligence Agency has thoroughly investigated the murder of this innocent journalist and concluded with high confidence that it was directed by the Crown Prince. If there is reason to doubt the findings of the CIA, President Trump should immediately make that evidence public.”
The Washington Post and their owner Jeff Bezos have a contentious relationship with the president. In July of last year, Trump tweeted, “So many stories about me in the Washington Post are fake news. They are as bad as ratings challenged CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?”
With Trump seemingly unwilling to investigate the murder, the Post is asking Congress to investigate. Ryan finished his statement, “In this failure of leadership from President Trump, it now falls to Congress to stand up for America’s true values and lasting interests.”