Following the mysterious death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US has decided to take action against Saudi officials
• Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. is “taking appropriate actions” against Saudi Arabia
• Actions include revoking visas and entering visa lookouts
• Saudi government has detained 18 Saudi suspects
The United States has announced to revoke visas of Saudi officials allegedly involved in the “killing” of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mike Pompeo made the announcement during a press conference just moments after President Trump called the slaying “one of the worst cover-ups.”
“These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States,” Pompeo said. “We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence.”
We must send a clear message that we will stand for our values. And those who follow the path set by Saudi Arabia will pay a heavy price.
It is also important is to send a signal to our enemies that America is strong once again.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 23, 2018
Khashoggi, a former royal family insider turned critic of the Saudi crown prince, disappeared after he entered the consulate on October 2 to collect a document for his upcoming marriage.
The Saudi government said on Friday that it has detained 18 Saudi nationals responsible for killing Khashoggi inside the Istanbul consulate.