Senator Durban calls on Trump to expel Saudi Ambassador
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called on the Trump administration on Sunday to expel the Saudi ambassador to the United States
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called on the Trump administration on Sunday to expel the Saudi ambassador to the United States over evolving explanations of the Saudi government’s role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s embassy in Turkey .
Durbin admonished the Saudi government in the wake of the Saudi government’s latest admission that Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died after entering the embassy in early October.
The Saudi government has provided shifting stories since Khashoggi disappeared, saying late Friday that he died in a fight inside the embassy.
“The only person on Earth, outside of the Saudi kingdom, who appears to accept it is President Donald Trump,” Durbin said about the Saudis’ latest version of events.
“Here’s what we ought to do, and we ought to do it tomorrow morning — we ought to expel, formally expel, the Saudi ambassador from the United States until there as a completion of a third-party instigation into this kidnap, murder and God-knows-what followed.”
Durbin said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “fingerprints” were “all over” Khashoggi’s death. Saudi Arabian’s ambassador to the United States is Prince Khaled bin Salman, the crown prince’s younger brother.
He was back in Riyadh to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week, and it’s unclear whether he plans to return to the United States immediately in light of the situation.