OSAKA, Japan – President Trump met with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of a global summit here and called him "one of my friends", but the president refused to answer a question as to whether he would kill the Washington Post colonist Jamal Khashoggi .
Trump praised bin Salman in a short photo after they sat down with helpers to a sideline meeting of the 20th summit. But when the reporter asked if Trump would turn to Khashoggi's death, which was killed last year in a plot. US intelligence services, said by the Saudi royal family, tried to quit Trump.
"Thank you all," he said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, lived outside the country in self-imposed exile since 2017 after turning the royal family over critical columns he wrote. He visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 to get marriage-related documents when he was abducted and killed.
But Trump and other senior officials have minimized the murder, suggesting that it would be unwise for the US to punish Riyad or disconnect from Mohammed over the murder, because Saudi Arabia is an important partner to the United States in the Middle East.
In his remarks, Trump called it a "great honor" to be with the Crown Prince and noted that "Saudi Arabia is a good buyer of American products."