Republican leaders have been calling out the Saudi Arabian government and demanding answers over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Here are what Republican leaders are saying about the situation:
During an interview on State of The Union, Senator Marco Rubio was very adamant that relations should be paused until the truth could be uncovered.
“I don’t think any of our government officials should be going and pretending it’s business as usual until we know exactly what’s happened here,” Rubio said.
Senator Rand Paul was also very critical of the situation, creating a bill to end weapons sales to the country.
“Don’t get me started on Saudi Arabia. I’ve been mad, angry, and upset since 9/11. We tend to forget that most of the hijackers came from there. And then for the last couple of years, we’ve been involved in the war in Yemen, supporting Saudi Arabia, refueling their planes, giving them bombs, and we have 10,000 civilians who have died there, and Congress has never voted on whether we should be there.”
Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow said that the president’s threats of action should be taken seriously and that he expects action to be taken if Khashoggi was killed by the government.
“But take him at his word, if the Saudis are involved, if Khashoggi was killed or harmed or whatever bad outcome here, he will take action,” said Kudlow. “That has been his strategy. Believe what he says.”
Senator Lindsey Graham has in the past helped defend the country, but in an interview, he shared his frustrations with the situation and with the Saudi king.
“I’ve been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States,” said Graham. “This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it, I feel used and abused.”
Graham also said that he would refuse to cooperate with the government until the situation was resolved.
“I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us,” Graham said. “That means I’m not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy is in charge.”