Donald Trump has refused to listen to audio tape of the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi- while saying the killing was “vicious”.
In an interview with Fox News broadcasting on Sunday the president told presenter Chris Wallace: ‘I don’t want to hear the tape – no reason for me to hear the tape’.
The news follows the CIA’s conclusion that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – which further jeopardizes the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia and is likely to damage the Saudi leadership and its standing in the world.
After telling Wallace that he wouldn’t listen to the tape – during the Fox interview at the White House – the presenter then asks him: ‘Why don’t you want to hear it Sir?’
The president replies: ‘It’s a suffering tape.
It’s a terrible tape.
I’ve been fully briefed on it’.