Oct 18, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Pompeo says U.S. should give Saudis "a few more days" on Khashoggi

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he told President Trump "we ought to give [Saudi Arabia] a few more days" to conduct a full investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Why it matters: As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported this morning, Pompeo told Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia that he had 72 hours to complete his "investigation" or risk wrecking the kingdom's place on the world stage. Trump, meanwhile, has taken a softer stance toward the Saudis, speculating that "rogue killers" could have been responsible for Khashoggi's death and stressing the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

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