WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, stated on Monday the United States continues to be in a fact-finding part on the homicide of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and has its “eyes wide open.”
FILE PHOTO: White House senior advisor Jared Kushner listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a dinner to honor evangelical management in the State Dining Room on the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. August 27, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Kushner, who has a detailed relationship with highly effective Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deflected questions in a CNN interview about whether or not he trusted the Saudis to research themselves.
Saudi Arabia has given shifting explanations about what occurred to Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and powerful critic of the crown prince, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Riyadh confirmed on Saturday he was useless and stated he was killed in a struggle in the constructing.
“We’re getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible,” Kushner stated.
Turkey’s ruling celebration stated on Monday that Khashoggi was the sufferer of a “monstrously planned” homicide, as Western incredulity deepened over various Saudi accounts of the journalist’s disappearance.
Asked whether or not he thought the Saudis had been misleading, Kushner stated he sees misleading issues daily.
“We have our eyes wide open. The president’s focused on what’s good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let’s work towards those,” Kushner stated.
Kushner burdened that Saudi Arabia was an vital ally of the United States, particularly in countering Iran’s affect in the Middle East.
Kushner additionally stated he had suggested the crown prince: “Just to be transparent, to be fully transparent. The world is watching. This is a very, very serious accusation and a very serious situation.” Asked how the prince responded to that, Kushner stated, “We’ll see.”
Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Alistair Bell