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Trump Reacts to 'Fistfight' Version of Khashoggi's Death

'There's been lies,' he concedes
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, returning to the White House in Washington after attending a rally in Nevada.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – President Trump is criticizing Saudi Arabia's version of Jamal Khashoggi's death—that the late journalist died in a fistfight gone wrong. "Obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies," he tells the Washington Post, but adds that "nobody has told me" Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the death: "We haven't reached that point ... I would love if he wasn't responsible." He also downplayed Jared Kushner's relationship with Mohammed ("They're two young guys. ... They like each other, I believe") and made clear his position on a pending $110 billion US arms sale to the kingdom. "It's the largest order in history," he says. "To give that up would hurt us far more than it hurts them. Then all they’ll do is go to Russia or go to China. ... With that being said, something will take place." For more:

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