Republican lawmakers are letting everyone know they do not share President Donald Trump’s opinion concerning the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
“That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,” Trump said. “In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.”
He also continued to defend his statement to the press during an interview on Tuesday.
In October, President Trump warned of "severe punishment" for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
One month later, he issued a statement defending Saudi Arabia's denial about the planning of Khashoggi's death. pic.twitter.com/Khn7lcOHLq
— The Fix (@thefix) November 20, 2018
He also thanked Saudi Arabia for their help in lowering oil prices.
Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
However, Republican lawmakers are speaking out against the statement, claiming that the president was going too easy on the country:
Marco Rubio tweeted out that the situation was a human rights issue and should not be treated as a normal foreign policy decision.
Our foreign policy must be about promoting our national interests.
It is in our natl interest to defend human rights.
HR violations lead to mass migration, help extremism flourish & often result in new governments hostile towards the U.S. because we supported their oppressors.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 20, 2018
Lindsey Graham has said in the past that he felt frustrated with the Saudi government due to their abuse of his support. He claimed that he would not go back to the country “as long as this guy is in charge.”
While Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, the behavior of the Crown Prince – in multiple ways – has shown disrespect for the relationship and made him, in my view, beyond toxic.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 20, 2018
Rand Paul also slammed the statement, stating that the U.S. should not be rewarding the country for their questionable actions.
I’m pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First. I’m also pretty sure John Bolton wrote it.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 20, 2018