The US will understand what happened with the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Kalkaji before making any decision in relation to Saudi Arabia. This was stated by the President of the United States Donald trump on Wednesday in an interview with Fox News channel.
“I have to find out what happened,” — said the leader of the United States, commenting on the situation with the missing journalist. According to him, Washington is studying the situation. In addition, as noted by trump, the investigation of the disappearance of Kalkaji are also representatives of other countries, including Turkey.
“We’ll get to the bottom,” he said. According to the head of the White house, he did not wish now to speak, what actions can take US. “Too early,” he said.
Trump was asked what will happen with relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia if Washington will come to the conclusion that the disappearance of the journalist involved, Riyadh . The US President replied that he “would be very not happy” such a development. “That wouldn’t be good,” he said. While trump said that in the current situation, some may indeed say that it looks like Riyadh is involved in the incident, but the President urged not to rush things.
Commenting on the sounding of the proposals of the legislators in Congress to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia because of the incident with Kalkaji, trump expressed the view that such a move would hurt the United States. According to him, one of the reasons for the good economic situation in the US is that Washington sells “defense system” to other countries. “All want [to buy],” said trump, adding that a potential refusal to supply arms to Riyadh would be a “bitter pill” for the United States.
The disappearance of the journalist
Kalkaji known critical statements about the current policy of Riyadh. In 2017, he left his homeland and settled in the United States. A journalist on a permanent basis wrote articles for the newspaper the Washington Post, which analyzed the situation in Saudi Arabia and the country’s foreign policy, not omitting the problematic aspects of activities of the authorities and criticizing Riyadh. 2 October it became known that Hackage went to Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul for paperwork, since he had not been in contact.
Reuters reported on 6 October that the Turkish police considers the version of murder of the journalist in the Consulate building. Earlier, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the U.S. Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud has denied the information about the murder Hackage.