US President Donald Trump said he had the recording of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but he did not want to listen because his content is "very violent" .
"We have the recording, I do not want to listen to it (…) because it's a recording of suffering," he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox News. "I was fully briefed, there is no reason for me to listen to it," he continued. "I know exactly what happened (…) it was very violent, very brutal and horrible."
According to the Washington Post and the New York Times, the CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, nicknamed "MBS," sponsored the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. The prince, who disputes any implication, lied to the president of the United States? " I do not know. Who can truly know? Answered Mr. Trump. "He told me he had nothing to do with it. He told me maybe five times, on different occasions, including a few days ago, "he added.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly changed its official version of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi when he crossed the door of the consulate.
Recalling that the United States had announced targeted financial sanctions against Saudi officials, Donald Trump also insisted for a long time that Saudi Arabia was a valuable ally. "I want to stay with an ally who, in many ways, has been excellent," he said.
In mid-November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had shared, including with Riyadh, Washington, Paris and Berlin, recordings of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
million. Erdogan has repeatedly stated that the order to kill Mr. Khashoggi was given "at the highest levels of the state" in Saudi Arabia. He dismissed responsibility for King Salman, but the press and anonymous Turkish officials incriminated his son, Prince Mohammed.