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Trump a reluctant critic of Saudi Arabia despite pressure to act

October 20, 2018 9:18 AM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six days after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, U.S. President Donald Trump tried to play down the crisis, saying “hopefully that will sort itself out”.

It did not, and on Oct. 10, amid a growing outcry, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton pressed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, in what one U.S. official described as a “stern” phone call, to identify who was responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance or ...

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