US President Donald Trump has admitted that he saved Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This information is given in a new book to be published by investigative journalist Bob Woodward. Business Insider received a copy of the book. US media reported on Thursday (September 10) that Trump claimed in the book that he was the one who saved the Saudi prince from the US’s massive backlash following the murder of Khashoggi.
Jamal Khashogi, a Washington Post columnist living in the United States, is killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect wedding papers. Allegedly, at the behest of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi authorities killed him and destroyed his body. The massacre was strongly condemned worldwide. It includes legalists from both parties in the United States.
In an interview with journalist Bob Woodward, US President Donald Trump said, “I was able to save him (the Saudi Crown Prince) for Congress. I am able to stop him.” “Trump said he did not believe Saudi Crown Prince Khashoggi was ordered to be killed. However, investigations by intelligence agencies in several countries, including the United States, showed that the assassination was ordered by the Saudi prince.
After Khashogi’s assassination, Trump left Congress amid angry reactions from lawmakers from both parties, and approved the sale of 800 million worth of missiles and other sophisticated weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Although Congress passed three resolutions to stop the sale of those weapons, US President Trump exercised his veto power over them.
Bob Woodward interviewed 17 US President Donald Trump for the book. Audio recordings of some of Trump’s comments were released on Wednesday. This has sparked a new political debate in the country over the role of the Trump administration in dealing with the coronovirus epidemic.
Bob Woodward writes in his book that Trump called him on January 22, 2019, a few days after returning from attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. During the negotiations, Woodward pressured the president to ruthlessly kill Khashogi.
A group of Saudi agents killed Jamal Khashogi at Istanbul’s consulate and destroyed his body. On July 3, an employee of the consulate told a Turkish court that Khashogi was asked to light a stove less than an hour after entering the consulate building. He is being produced in a Turkish court in the absence of 20 Saudi officials.
Meanwhile, a Saudi court on Monday overturned the death sentence of five people convicted of killing Khashoggi.