Republican Lawmakers Break with Trump on Maintaining Saudi Arabia Relationship After Khashoggi Death

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Republican lawmakers are letting everyone know they do not share President Donald Trump’s opinion concerning the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump recently released a statement regarding how he will continue to support Saudi Arabia despite allegations that the government ordered the assassination of journalist 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.

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He also thanked Saudi Arabia for their help in lowering oil prices.

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.

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.”

Rand Paul also slammed the statement, stating that the U.S. should not be rewarding the country for their questionable actions.

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Lizzie Helmer
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Trump left out in his statement that Khashoggi was a U.S. resident, a detail I believe is too important to not mention.

Madison Dibble
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I understand that Americans risk a lot by allowing the Saudis to align with Russia, but I have to agree with Sen. Graham that this relationship is toxic. It was toxic before Saudi nationals participated in the 9/11 attacks and it looks like it will be for years to come.

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