Saudi Arabia responds to Trump, vows to retaliate against any action

Source: The Hill | October 14, 2018 | Avery Anapol

Saudi Arabia is rejecting President Trump’s latest comments related to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and vowing to retaliate to any actions.

In a statement released Sunday, Saudi Arabia affirmed its “total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it,” according to an English translation of the statement from the Saudi Press Agency.

“The kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action,” the statement reads.

Trump, in a new interview on “60 Minutes,” vowed “severe punishment” if Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi.

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Trump is facing pressure from both sides of the aisle to take action against Saudi Arabia if there is proof that the Saudis are responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance.

The president said in an interview set to air Sunday night on “60 Minutes” that “we don’t know yet” if Khashoggi was murdered. He also defended a $110 billion arms deal with Riyadh, saying there are “other ways of punishing” Saudi Arabia.

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