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Mnuchin defends upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia in wake of Khashoggi killing

Mnuchin defends upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia in wake of Khashoggi killing

“We have an important relationship with Saudi, focused on combating terrorist financing and focused on our common interests of stopping Iran’s spread of both terrorism and other issues,” Mnuchin said Sunday, as The New York Times reported.

Turkish pro-government media had said for days that an official hit squad had traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudi suspects were taken into custody and intelligence officials were fired.

President Trump said Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects were in custody marked a "good first step," though some U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hav said Saudi Arabia's account isn't credible and seems designed to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of any involvement despite widespread allegations that he was behind the killing.

Trump last week pulled Mnuchin from attending an economic summit in Riyadh this week that was being hosted by the crown prince, but the Treasury secretary still plans on attending an anti-terrorism summit in Saudi Arabia later this month.

Source: www.foxnews.com
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