NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – While on the campaign trail with Congressional candidate Katie Arrington over the weekend, Senator Lindsey Graham spoke out about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, who has written columns critical of the Saudi government for The Washington Post was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by members of an assassination squad. It is believed the squad has ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Saudis have dismissed those reports as baseless but have yet to explain what happened to the writer, according to the Associated Press.
Graham on Sunday talked about America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia following the death of Khashoggi.
“If the Crown Prince truly loves his country, he wouldn’t have put the country in this position,” he said. “If he truly respected the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, he would never have thought of this.”
President Trump has insisted that additional facts must be known before making any assumptions.
“To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement,” Graham said on Twitter. “First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement. Now, a fight breaks out and he’s killed in the consulate, all without knowledge of Crown Prince. It’s hard to find this latest “explanation” as credible.”
Still, Graham is working with President Trump on a response to Khashoggi’s death. He says others willing to commit human rights violations are watching.