President Trump broke days of silence on Jamal Khashoggi’s death after being asked whether he felt betrayed by the Saudi denial of responsibility for it.
Not betrayed me, no. I just hope that it all works out. We have a lot of facts. We have a lot of things that we’ve been looking at.
They haven’t betrayed me. I mean, maybe they betrayed themselves. We’ll have to see how it all turns out.
The National Security Advisor also having his say, ’We expect there to be accountability for what happened which was criminal without any question.
And they have promised to do that and they have gone a long way already and we’ll see what the next steps are.’
And more pressure from Congress for tangible action to be taken.
A group of Republican senators has sent a letter to the president, demanding that civilian nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia be suspended.
The Senate has already sent the president a formal letter invoking the global Magnitsky act.
They insist that the president investigate the murder and impose sanctions should accountability be established.
The Act gives the president four months in which to act.
But in a follow-up letter, a bipartisan group of House Representatives has insisted that the investigation be concluded as quickly as possible.
Threatened legislation can only come after the midterm elections.
Congress is in recess until then.
But regardless of the election result, president Trump will then have to face up to a Congress that is angry.
And it’s an anger that in this case is shared across party divide.