President Trump said Thursday afternoon that he is not considering halting the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia in light of the disappearance of a Washington Post columnist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“What good does it do us?” Trump told reporters in response to questions about whether his administration would consider stopping arm sales to Saudi Arabia.
“We don’t like it, and we don’t like it even a little bit,” trump said. “But as to whether or not we should stop $110 billion from being spent in this country, knowing the have four or five alternatives, two of them being very good alternatives, that would not be acceptable to me.”
The president said he was open to other actions.
Trump proposed during his first presidential trip an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth roughly $110 billion.
Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi went missing after visiting the consulate in Istanbul. The journalist was killed at the bequest of Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The president said the U.S. has investigators in Turkey looking into the murder and he hopes we know what happened “in the very short future.”
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