TRUMP THANKS SAUDIS AMID KHASHOGGI BACK­LASH

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pub­licly thanked Saudi Ara­bia for plung­ing oil prices just a day after he was harshly crit­i­cized for de­cid­ing not to fur­ther pun­ish the king­dom for the killing of U.S.-based colum­nist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

Trump, who made clear in an ex­cla­ma­tion-filled state­ment on Tues­day that he feels that the ben­e­fits of good re­la­tions with the king­dom out­weigh the pos­si­bil­ity its crown prince or­dered the killing, tweeted on Wed­nes­day that it’s “Great!” that oil prices are fall­ing.

“Thank you to Saudi Ara­bia, but let’s go lower!” he wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., where he’s spend­ing Thanks­giv­ing. The in­ter­na­tional crude bench­mark has fallen un­der $65 per bar­rel from a fouryear high of more than $86 in early Oc­to­ber as the U.S., Saudi Ara­bia and Rus­sia have stepped up out­put.

The pres­i­dent on Tues­day con­demned the bru­tal slay­ing of Khashoggi, a Saudi colum­nist for The Wash­ing­ton Post who had crit­i­cized the royal fam­ily.

Trump de­scribed the bru­tal slay­ing of Khashoggi in­side the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul as a “hor­ri­ble crime ... that our coun­try does not con­done.” But he re­jected calls by many in Congress, in­clud­ing mem­bers of his own party, for a tougher re­sponse.

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