Republicans ready to weaken USA military support for Saudis

Republicans ready to weaken USA military support for Saudis

Republicans ready to weaken USA military support for Saudis

"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and that's all I can say in an unclassified setting", Mattis said after the meeting where he and Pompeo argued against suspending aid.

"The murder of Mr Khashoggi is a crime of extreme gravity, which moreover goes against freedom of the press and the most fundamental rights", the French foreign ministry said in a statement at the time.

The sanctions freeze assets any of the 17 people hold in Canada, and bars them from the country. All individuals targeted by Canada on Thursday were also sanctioned by the US earlier this month.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri attends a news conference with France's President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) after a meeting ahead of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"We also have a crown prince who is out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist... and whether there's a smoking gun", Corker said, "I don't think there's anybody in the room who doesn't believe he was responsible for it". He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork.

In a foreign policy address today, MA senator and potential 2020 contender Elizabeth Warren criticized Trump for his close-knit relationship with the Saudis despite the growing backlash against Riyadh in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

In spite of today's sanctions, Canada is still wavering on whether it would cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The move comes amid a months-long simmering diplomatic fight between Canada and Saudi Arabia, which predated Khashoggi's death but has led to other sanctions.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on rogue agents but denied claims that the crown prince had knowledge of the operation.

Argentinian federal prosecutor Ramiro González accepted the case, HRW said Wednesday. While some have suspected the involvement of at least some members of the Saudi royal family in this killing, U.S. President Donald Trump has insisted that there is not enough evidence to blame Saudi's crown prince.

It was unclear whether the French president was calling for an global investigation beyond existing Turkish and Saudi probes. The Saudi explanations given so far "lack consistency and credibility", Canada said in the statement.

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