U.S. Senators Criticize The Saudi Crown Prince As Going 'Full Gangster'

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin. REUTERS

Reuters: U.S. senators say Saudi crown prince has gone 'full gangster'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired Army General John Abizaid, U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia, defended the U.S.-Saudi relationship on Wednesday as lawmakers accused the kingdom of a litany of misdeeds and criticized its crown prince as going “full gangster.”

Senators at Abizaid’s confirmation hearing, Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, condemned the kingdom’s conduct in the civil war in Yemen, heavy-handed diplomacy and rights abuses including torturing women’s rights activists and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Abizaid called for accountability for the murder of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, and support for human rights, but repeatedly stressed the importance of Washington-Riyadh ties.

Despite increasing tension between the two countries, the United States has not had an ambassador there since Trump became president in January 2017.

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Update: Rubio says Saudi crown prince has gone ‘full gangster’ (Politico)

WNU Editor: This is going to be a sore point between the U.S. and the Saudi Crown Prince for a long time .... The Trump Administration Briefed Senators on Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder. They Weren’t Impressed. (Mother Jones).

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