Mnuchin Announces He Won’t Attend Investment Conference In Saudi Arabia

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin gives a press conference at the end of a G7 summit of Finance Ministers on May 13, 2017 in Bari. G7 finance ministers turned their focus to combating cyber crime in what Italy'... US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin gives a press conference at the end of a G7 summit of Finance Ministers on May 13, 2017 in Bari. G7 finance ministers turned their focus to combating cyber crime in what Italy's Pier Carlo Padoan described as an "unfortunately very timely" discussion. The ministers were expected to commit to stepping up international cooperation on the issue after a global onslaught that hit computer systems in nearly 100 countries on May 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 18, 2018 11:41 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Thursday morning that he no longer plans to attend an investment summit in Saudi Arabia, as scrutiny of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi intensifies.

Mnuchin had initially resisted canceling his trip even as American business leaders pulled out of the conference and the Saudi government avoided taking responsibility for the apparent killing of Khashoggi by Saudi officials.

Though Mnuchin has now cancelled his trip, the Trump administration has shown remarkable deference to the Saudi government, with the President casting doubt on the mounting evidence that Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi government.

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