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Coffman demands recall of US ambassador to Saudi

GOP lawmaker demands ‘immediate recall’ of acting US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Feb 11

19:31
2019

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) on Friday condemned Saudi Arabia's admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had died inside its consulate in Istanbul and called for the acting U.S. ambassador to be called back from Saudi Arabia.

"[O]ur country must stand up for our values and demand our 'allies' respect human rights," Coffman said in a statement posted on Twitter. "I did not fight to have us look the other way." "I am calling on President Trump to immediately recall the (acting) U.

S. Ambassador to the Kingdom pending further consultation with Congress," he added.

The Trump administration does not currently have a confirmed ambassador for Saudi Arabia, though Christopher Henzel serves as the United States's interim chargé d’affaires in Riyadh. Coffman's statement was mocked by some on social media for this reason, including by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D) who reminded Coffman of the vacancy