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Trump criticizes Saudi Arabia for covering up Khashoggi’s death

Washington / President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Saudi Arabia, saying that they orchestrated a “cover-up” of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but declaring that he will leave to Congress the possible US response in the matter.

“They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups,” said Trump in the Oval Office in response to a reporter’s question about how the killing could have occurred.

“Whoever thought of that idea, I think is in big trouble. And they should be in big trouble,” the president said, referring to the presumed plan to murder Khashoggi.

“There should have never been an execution or a cover-up, because it should have never happened,” Trump said, adding “I would say it was a total fiasco from day one.”

Trump said he would be briefed by US intelligence officials on Wednesday about what they have learned of the killing, adding that after that “We’ll know pretty much everything there is to know.”

He also said that he had spoken with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who assured him that he “had nothing to do” with the plan to question, capture and/or kill Khashoggi.

Trump said that there must be some kind of sanction imposed on those responsible for what occurred, although he would leave it to Congress to decide exactly what that should entail.

The president reiterated, however, that he is not inclined to restrict arms sales to Riyadh because “Russia, China and France” will quickly take advantage of the opportunity to sell their own weapons to Riyadh if the US refuses to do so.

The president did not say if he shared the conclusion of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who on Tuesday called Khashoggi‘s killing “premeditated.”

Khashoggi, a journalist who had gone into self-exile in Washington and recently had been a critic of Riyadh, disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up some documents for his planned wedding.

After a series of contradictory explanations, last Friday the Saudi government admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” inside the consulate and ordered the arrests of 18 suspects.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the US will review the visas of the agents and officials implicated in Khashoggi‘s death and will evaluate the possibility of imposing individual sanctions on those responsible.

Pompeo said that his department is working with the US Treasury to study the possibility of sanctioning the people allegedly responsible for the death within the framework of the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to punish those implicated in human rights violations anywhere in the world.

However, Pompeo said that the US will continue maintaining a close association with Saudi Arabia, although he emphasized that he and Trump were “not happy with this situation.”

“We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence,” he said, adding – however – that Washington will continue pursuing its strategic objectives with Saudi Arabia. (Washington, oct 23 2018, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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La noticia recoge...
unas declaraciones del presidente de los Estados Unidos hechas a los periodistas en el despacho Oval de la Casa Blanca.
unas declaraciones sobre el despacho Oval de la Casa Blanca hechas por los periodistas en Estados Unidos.
información sobre la Casa Blanca y el despacho Oval del presidente de los Estados Unidos.
Question 2
Según la noticia...
Trump estudia vetar la venta de armas a Arabia Saudí tras la muerte de Khashoggi.
Trump critica a Arabía Saudí, su aliada, aunque no es partidario de vetar la venta de armas a este país.
Trump está muy enfadado por lo mal que se hacen siempre las cosas.
Question 3
El presidente de los Estados Unidos considera que Khashoggi no debería haber sido asesinado...
Desde luego
¿Quién lo sabe?
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En el contexto de la noticia, la palabra 'fiasco' debe entenderse como...
Question 5
Trump, según se desprende del texto de la noticia, dice que...
Arabia Saudí se equivocó al pensar.
Arabia Saudí no debió ni pensarlo.
Arabia Saudí no lo ha pensado bien.
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En el vídeo también se habla de...
la exhaustiva reunión de Estados Unidos e Indonesia
Una lista exhaustiva de los intereses comunes de Estados Unidos y Arabia Saudí
la petición de Indonesia de una investigación exhaustiva sobre la muerte del periodista
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Cuando en el vídeo se pronuncia la palabra 'exhaustiva' es para dar a entender que...
hay que hacer una investigación profunda y destallada
los investigadores deben ser íntegros
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