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Khashoggi made prediction about US and Crown Prince months before death

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A
composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Associated Press/Virginia Mayo; Nicolas Asfouri –
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  • In an interview months before he was killed, Saudi journalist
    Jamal Khashoggi said he didn’t believe the US would “apply
    pressure” on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unless there was a
    “crisis.”
  • Khashoggi’s death has led to a crisis in US-Saudi
    relations. 
  • There are bipartisan calls in Congress for sanctions to be
    leveled against Saudi Arabia and for the US to cease arms
    sales. 

Months before he was killed,
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
made an ominous prediction
about the US and its relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, also known as MBS. 

In
an interview with Newsweek
, Khashoggi said he
was “sure the Americans are not going to apply
pressure on MBS [unless] a true crisis happens in Saudi
Arabia.”

That “crisis” has perhaps emerged in the form of
Khashoggi’s troubling death, which occurred at the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. The crown prince,
already a controversial leader in relation to his crackdowns on
dissent and the Saudi role in the war in Yemen, is suspected of
orchestrating Khashoggi’s killing. 

Khashoggi’s interview with Newsweek was not published until
after his death partially because he’d warned the author, Rula
Jebreal, that he feared for his life. The Saudi journalist was
often critical of the Saudi government and in 2017 left his
native country after being barred from writing by the Saudi royal
family. 

After Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia denied
involvement for nearly three weeks. Last Friday, the Saudi
government finally acknowledged what was widely suspected:
Khashoggi is dead.

The Saudis claimed Khashoggi died in a fistfight as part of a
rogue operation, maintaining that MBS had no prior knowledge of
the incident. This narrative has been met with a great deal of
skepticism and was directly contradicted by Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday when he
said Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated. 

President Donald Trump largely stood by the Saudis as they
continued to issue denials regarding Khashoggi’s fate,.

Trump has expressed some doubts about the Saudi narrative,
however, and on Tuesday described Khashoggi’s killing as the
“worst” cover-up in history.

In reference to Khashoggi’s killing,
the president on Tuesday also said
 that “whoever
thought of that idea, I think is in big trouble.” 

Trump has not implicated the crown prince or the royal
family in the death of the Saudi journalist. But the incident has
put major strains on the US-Saudi relationship and led to
bipartisan calls in Congress for sanctions and a cessation of
arms sales. 

Trump on Tuesday said he’d leave any ramifications against
the Saudis for Khashoggi’s death up to Congress. 

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