Washington Post Editor Rips Trump’s Weak Sanctions Against Saudi Arabia For Murdering Jamal Khashoggi


After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced sanctions against Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi this week, Post editor Karen Attiah ripped the weak punishment on Twitter.

Khashoggi died in October after a Saudi Arabian hit squad allegedly sent by Prince Mohammed bin Salman tortured and murdered him upon his entry of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi had been a vocal critic of the Saudi war in Yemen.

They then cut his body into pieces and attempted to cover up the ghastly crime, only to be caught by Turkish authorities.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied murdering Khashoggi, and then desperately made several excuses after their denials failed to convince anyone.

Well, no one except President Donald Trump, who has been reluctant to blame the Saudis for their crimes because he doesn’t want to jeopardize arms deals with the kingdom.

As the rest of the world condemns Saudi Arabia, Trump’s administration gave the kingdom a slap on the wrist this week in the form of sanctions against 17 Saudi government workers.

The sanctions don’t do a whole lot to punish Saudi Arabia for this brutal act, especially since Khashoggi is a United States resident whose children are American citizens. It’s also a message that Trump does not care about journalists and how they are treated overseas.

But Washington Post editor Karen Attiah cares. She worked closely with Khashoggi and is understandably upset at the Saudis and the Trump administration for going easy on them.

Attiah took to Twitter on Thursday to explain that the CIA knew about bin Salman’s plot to have her friend and colleague killed and said Trump has blood on his hands:

She then tore into the sanctions:

Attiah is right. Saudi Arabia should not be able to murder a U.S. resident and get away with it. This slap on the wrist will basically give them and other authoritarian nations the green light to murder Americans and journalists with little consequence.

She concluded by asking people to keep fighting for justice:

The U.S. governments primary responsibility is to protect the lives of citizens and residents. By merely sanctioning a few Saudi officials instead of seeking true justice, Trump is ignoring that responsibility. Saudi Arabia murdered a man who lived here, a man whose children are Americans. That should mean something. If we aren’t willing to call out our supposed allies for committing capital crimes against our own people for no real reason, it sends a signal to the world that our government is weak. And that puts any American overseas in very serious jeopardy.

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