The U.S. can be “a long way” by taking any “punitive action” against Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi any time soon, a former ambassador said Monday.
“For President Trump, This kind of can be a difficult balancing act,” Nicholas Burns, who served under Republican along with Democratic administrations as ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization along with Greece, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.”
“He doesn’t want to end the relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he added. “nevertheless on the various other hand, you have American values to uphold.”
Burns gave his view on the tensions between Saudi Arabia, Turkey along with the U.S. shortly after Trump told reporters in which the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, may have been murdered by “rogue killers.” He added inside same remarks outside the White House in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would certainly be dispatched to Saudi Arabia in which day.
“The president just hasn’t been consistent,” Burns said.
Turkish officials have reportedly claimed in which Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi-backed hit men at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the consulate on Oct. 2. He had publicly criticized Saudi rulers along with was living in self-imposed exile inside U.S., nevertheless reportedly needed to pick up a document for his wedding at the consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia denies harming Khashoggi, insisting in which he left the building shortly after he arrived.
“This kind of can be a very serious thing along with we’re looking at This kind of in a very serious manner,” Trump told reporters while traveling in Ohio last week.
nevertheless on Monday, Trump announced in a tweet in which he had spoken to “the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.'”
The president has previously made multiple references to the fact in which Khashoggi was not a U.S. citizen, along with told reporters on Monday in which Saudi King Salman’s denial of any knowledge or involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance “could not have been stronger.”
Some critics have interpreted those statements as a signal in which Trump can be reluctant to pursue any form of retaliation against the earth’s biggest oil exporter.
“The president needs to speak to both sides of the equation,” Burns said.
“I wish there will be some punitive action,” he added, referring to a letter proffered Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators in which triggered a probe into whether the U.S. should slap sanctions on the kingdom.
“nevertheless I think we’re a long way by in which,” Burns said, “because the Saudis aren’t likely to come clean on what happened.”