Article from Reason by Joe Setyon.

Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) today had a blistering response to President Donald Trump’s statement on the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.

Khashoggi, who moved to the U.S. earlier this year, disappeared during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. The Saudi government admits he was killed but claims it was not a government-sanctioned assassination. However, The Washington Post reportedFriday that it was in fact Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

In a statement titled “America First,” Trump called Khashoggi’s killing “an unacceptable and horrible crime.” But the president also pointed to the Saudi government’s claims. “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event—maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump wrote, adding that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding” Khashoggi’s death. The president also touted the Saudi government’s plans to invest in the U.S., particularly via “the purchase of military equipment from” American defense contractors.

That wasn’t enough for Amash, who blasted Trump’s statement on Twittter as “repugnant”:

Read the entire article at Reason.

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