US-Saudi Arabia Alliance is Vital
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia is vital – despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Secretary Pompeo made his comments in a column posted Tuesday night in the WS-J.
“The Trump Administration’s effort to rebuild the US-Saudi Arabia partnership is not popular in the salons of Washington, where politicians of both parties have long used the Kingdom’s human-rights record to call for the alliance’s downgrading,” he noted.
He said the Khashoggi assassination “has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on.”
And Secretary Pompeo added: “But degrading US-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the US and its allies.”
He maintained Saudi Arabia is a “powerful force for stability in the Middle East.”
“Is it any coincidence that the people using the Khashoggi murder as a cudgel against President Trump’s Saudi Arabia policy are the same people who supported Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Iran, a regime that has killed thousands world wide, including hundreds of Americans, and brutalizes its own people?”
And he noted that Saudi Arabia recognizes the threat Iran poses to the rest of the world.
But Secretary Pompeo said the Khashoggi assassination was “fundamentally inconsistent with American values.
“President Trump has taken action in response,” he said. “21 Saudi suspects in the murder have been deemed ineligible to enter the US and had any visas revoked. On November 15, the Administration imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis . . .”
He warned the US would consider further punitive action if additional facts come to light regarding Khashoggi’s demise.
Sebastian Gorka defended President Donald Trump’s response to the assassination of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi Wednesday
“What happened to the Saudi national at the Saudi consulate in Turkey is wrong,” said Mr. Gorka, the former White House deputy assistant. “But our national response to his death cannot be allowed to jeopardize the precarious balance in the Middle East and endanger our regional and global interests, our safety or the security of our allies.”
And he said when President Trump took Office the President “put our enemies on notice and reasserted American leadership around the world.”