“We believe that there are more effective ways to ensure that this does not happen again and that we can also make room for work with the Saudis in areas where there is mutual agreement – where there are national interests for the United States. what diplomacy looks like, ”Psaki told CNN’s Dana Bash about“ State of the Union, ”when asked why the administration punishes people under the Crown Prince, but not him.
“This is what complicated global engagement looks like, and we have made no secret of the fact that we want to hold them accountable on the global stage and with direct action,” added Psaki, who called Khashoggi’s killings in 2018 a “horrific crime”
Biden said in the White House on Saturday that “what we will do with Saudi Arabia in general will be announced on Monday.” He also told Univision on Friday that he was now dealing with the Saudi king and not with bin Salman, saying “the rules are changing” in US relations with the Saudis.
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said Sunday that Biden’s forthcoming announcement “is not a new policy announcement,” but an “elaboration” of Friday’s actions.
“Tomorrow, the State Department will, if you will, prepare a comprehensive package that reviews all the actions that the administration took on Friday,” she told MSNBC.
Bedingfield also defended the administration’s decision not to sanction MBS, saying that “historically, the United States has not imposed sanctions on the leadership of countries with which we have diplomatic relations,” including the leaders of Russia and China.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware later told Bash to the “State of the Union” that the administration “is not yet down to calibrating relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, adding that “balance between human rights and our regional interest and security is part of the hard work of diplomacy. ”
But the Coons would not say Sunday whether he believed the Crown Prince should be punished directly for Khashoggi’s death, and instead told Bash he was looking forward to “having ongoing talks with the administration on this issue.”
This story has been updated with further details on Sunday.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak, Vivian Salama, Kylie Atwood and DJ Judd contributed to this report.