Trump On Khashoggi: ‘It Is What It Is’

November 20, 2018 3:54 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his bear hug of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite reports that the CIA has concluded MBS ordered the killing of former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We’ll see how that all works out,” Trump told reporters while standing near Marine One. “It’s a very complicated situation. It’s a shame. But it is what it is.”

A reporter asked Trump why he was siding with the Saudis over his own intelligence agency.

“Because it’s America first to me,” he responded, before falsely saying that saying that there were “hundreds of billions of dollars in orders” between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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