James Clapper , the former Director of National Intelligence said on Monday that President Trump’s replies to the brutal murder of the Saudi journalist indicates his willingness to unthinkingly “accept the words of autocrats.”
“It does concern me that apparently [Trump] is willing to accept the words of autocrats like [Russian president Vladimir] Putin and now [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman over what his own intelligence community says,” said Clapper while on CNN.
Clapper’s concerns came as Donald Trump faces scrutiny over how his incompetent administration has responded to the brutal murder of journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi.
Last week, Washington Post reported that the CIA has found that Crown Prince Mohammed directly ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. The journalist was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate located in Turkey on October 2nd.
But Trump lied on Saturday that the CIA’s assessment is “premature” and falsely claimed that it is still “too early” to make any conclusion, despite the CIA directly stating their conclusion. But the truth doesn’t matter to our current president.
James Clapper explained that it is “completely infeasible” that a complex operation like Khashoggi’s murder would have happened without the direct “knowledge, acquiescence, and, I believe, direction of Mohammad bin Salman.”
Clapper added that trusting the crown prince’s denials above the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions would be damage America.
Turkish officials as well as multiple U.S. lawmakers say they believe the crown prince was directly involved in the operation to murder Khashoggi.
“I think the evidence is overwhelming that the crown prince was involved. I don’t think we can sweep this under the rug,” Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said while he was on CBS’s “Face the Nation” last Sunday.