Watch: Pompeo Refuses to Say if Khashoggi Alive or Dead
Pompeo Announces He Will Decide What Happened to Khashoggi After Saudis Give Him Their Report
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to answer questions from several reporters when asked if Khashoggi is alive or dead. In a short address to reporters from the White House lawn, Secretary Pompeo said he will decide what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi after the Saudi Arabia government sends him the report of their investigation.
“They made a personal commitment to me,” said Secretary Pompeo, speaking about the Saudi Arabia royal family’s promise to deliver a “truly accurate, fair, and transparent” report.
Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia and then to Turkey this week, purportedly on a fact-finding mission. Many believe his goal was to help the Saudis and President Trump come up with a cover story to protect the Saudi royal family. Reports say it’s likely Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the murder.
Immediately, MSNBC contributors noted that Pompeo called what is believed to be the torture and murder of Khashoggi, which included cutting up his body while he was still alive, a mere “incident.” Also noted was Pompeo stressing what he said is the importance of the U.S.-Saudi “strategic alliance.” Talking Points Memo made the same observation:
Pompeo: Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have a longstanding “strategic” relationship pic.twitter.com/t7cpNg1egV
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) October 18, 2018
“It appears the administration is covering for an individual leader” in Saudi Arabia said Joel Rubin on MSNBC.
NBC’s Peter Alexander says Secretary Pompeo refused to answer if Khashoggi is alive or dead.
I asked Pompeo if Jamal Khashoggi is dead? He heard me, made eye contact, but walked away.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 18, 2018
CNBC’s Eamon Javers received the same response:
Pompeo says the US wants to “allow the process to play out.” Does not answer my question of whether Jamal Khashoggi is alive or dead. pic.twitter.com/vUfGffaY6X
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) October 18, 2018
RELATED: ‘I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANY OF THE FACTS’: SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO COVERS FOR SAUDI ARABIA
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White House Bans Fauci From Testifying Before Congress
The White House has informed an Appropriations subcommittee that Dr. Anthony Fauci is not allowed to deliver testify before Congress. Fauci is the most-recognizable medical expert leading the administration’s efforts to battle the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has taken more than 65,000 American lives.
House Democrats “have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,” a spokesperson for the House committee, Evan Hollander, said on Friday, as The Hill reports.
The Committee is investigating President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s response to the pandemic.
The White House later announced it believes it would be “counter-productive” for Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to testify before Congress.
“While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at Congressional hearings,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. “We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”
Fauci was expected to testify next week.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
‘Known Liar’: Trump’s Acting National Intelligence Chief Blasted for ‘Attempt to Smear CNN for Purely Political Ends’
President Donald Trump’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on Thursday posted a statement via Twitter attacking a CNN report by claiming “this story contains inaccurate information.” It did not specify what the “inaccurate” information was.
The ODNI is headed by the Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, a Trump loyalist who has come under scrutiny for being unqualified to hold that position.
The story the ODNI is attacking is a bombshell that destroys President Donald Trump’s claim that no one could have predicted the impending coronavirus pandemic, along with other administration falsehoods. It says: “US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November.”
As we told CNN earlier today, this story contains inaccurate information. https://t.co/cFb2q1Cvr4
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) April 9, 2020
The CNN report also exposes the Trump administration’s horrific mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic. Recent news reports have shown Trump had 70 days to take action to protect America from the coronavirus but instead chose to wage a PR campaign falsely claiming the nation was not at risk, and that everything was under control. The CNN report extends that timeline by over a month, meaning Trump and his administration had more than three months to take decisive action but did not.
But CNN was not the first to report that US Intel was aware of what would become known as the COVID-19 outbreak in November. ABC News first broke the story one day prior to CNN’s report – noting that U.S. Intelligence officials had briefed the White House as far back as November.
“cataclysmic event” briefed “multiple times” to Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Staff and White House in 2019 https://t.co/gedbavXcR0
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) April 8, 2020
Former Pentagon Press Secretary and former CIA Spokesman George Little weighed in, accusing the ODNI of attempting to smear CNN for political purposes.
As former @CIA spokesman, this assertion strikes me — and I’m sure a lot of other Americans — as simply not credible. And an attempt to smear @CNN for purely political ends. https://t.co/vKBm0Clb6J
— George Little (@georgelittledc) April 10, 2020
Politico’s Cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller adds:
the really remarkable thing about the tweet is that it’s intentionally obtuse, designed to cast doubt without having to get into the potentially embarrassing details
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) April 10, 2020
Economist David Rothschild blasted Grenell as a “partisan hack & known liar.”
I am not fan of @CNN (leaders in false equivalency, a hard-core pro-Republican bias), but they are much more reliable source than the Director of National Intelligence, who is partisan hack & known liar. https://t.co/F8hbQwynEC
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) April 10, 2020
UPDATE: 10:20 AM ET –
MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian just reported out the same story that ABC and CNN have reported as well.
Trump’s Alleged ‘Checkup’ at Walter Reed Was ‘Non-Routine and Scheduled Last Minute’: Report
President Donald Trump’s unexpected trip to Walter Reed medical center did not follow “routine” protocols for a presidential medical exam, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported on Sunday.
A source familiar with Trump’s visit to the hospital told Diamond that staff was not notified prior to the president’s visit.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Medical staff at Walter Reed did not get a staff-wide notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, ahead of Trump’s arrival, according to that source.
During normal circumstances, medical center staff would have received instructions about a “VIP” visit ahead of time.
“That did not happen this time, indicating the visit was a non-routine visit and scheduled last minute,” Diamond reported.
A second source also told CNN that the trip to Walter Reed was “abnormal.”
The White House is on record insisting that the visit was part of the president’s annual “routine” physical exam.
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