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Joe Biden believes Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that President Biden, who is visiting Saudi Arabia next month, believes the country’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 operation. In which Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia in mid-July as he seeks to thaw US-Saudi ties amid record-high gas prices. He has agreed to meet with MBS on that trip, despite demands to sideline Bin Salman.

Khashoggi’s fiancé this week requested Biden to cancel the meeting, saying “you are insulting yourself” and “pouring oil on principles” by agreeing to sit down.

Jean-Pierre was repeatedly pressed on the matter in his regular briefing on Thursday by Washington Post reporter Matt Visser, who cited a US intelligence community report that assessed that Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler ordered the operation. was.

“The executive summary of this report says ‘we assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the operation’ to capture and kill [Khashoggi]Visor said.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that President Biden believes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the strike on Jamal Khashoggi.
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Jamal Khashoggi'S Fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, Reprimanded President Joe Biden For Making Plans To Meet Saudi Arabia'S Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiance, Hatice Cengiz, reprimanded President Biden for planning to meet with Mohammed bin Salman.
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“And he issued the report, didn’t he?” Jean-Pierre said, at first side-stepping what Biden agreed with the finding.

“But does he agree with that assessment?” Visor pressed.

“I’m telling you this is something that the President takes very seriously. And he released that report, so clearly he wouldn’t release that report if it wasn’t something he believed in.” It is,” said Jean-Pierre.

United States President Joe Biden Remarks While Celebrating Pride Month At The White House On June 15, 2022 In Washington, Dc
President Biden is being criticized for asking for oil from Saudi Arabia.
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A Protester Meets President Joe Biden Outside The Saudi Arabian Embassy On June 15, 2022 In Washington, Dc
A demonstrator holds a sign demanding Biden to “stay away from the Saudi regime” outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington DC on June 15, 2022.
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In This Photo Released By The Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Speaks During The Gulf Cooperation Council (Gcc) Summit On December 14, 2021 In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Jean-Pierre was grilled on President Biden’s upcoming meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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The press secretary also had controversial exchanges on Thursday after reporters pressed on whether the White House would continue to release the dates when Biden tested negative for COVID-19.

Biden, 79, has never tested positive for the coronavirus “that I know of,” she said.

“We will be transparent about that,” she told Visor after a series of other inquiries on the matter from first- and second-line briefing room reporters.

Us Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Holds The Daily Press Briefing At The White House On June 16, 2022 In Washington, Us.
White House press secretary Jean-Pierre claims President Biden is testing negative for COVID-19 after Dr. Anthony Fauci recently tested positive for the virus.
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In This December 15, 2014, File Photo, Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Speaks During A News Conference In Manama, Bahrain.
Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly strangled to death in 2018 by a hit-team of 20 Saudi-Arabians.
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People Hold Posters Of Killed Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Near The Saudi Arabian Consulate In Istanbul On October 2, 2020, Marking The Two-Year Anniversary Of His Death.
People hold posters of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi near the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2020.
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Jean-Pierre said Biden is tested weekly for the virus as long as he is not considered to have “close contact” with an infected person, as defined by CDC guidelines. She said she had not been in close contact with anyone who has the virus.

The coronavirus continued to wade through Biden’s inner circle as Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, ailing last week, and on Wednesday his chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, tested positive.

“The president has a regular testing cadence set by his doctor. As we have said many times, if he was a close contact as defined by the CDC because we follow him, we would update his testing cadence accordingly and Will share with you all,” she said.

Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi Is Honored With A Road Sign In Front Of The Saudi Arabian Embassy On June 15, 2022 In Washington, Dc.
Members of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, DC honor Jamal Khashoggi on June 15, 2022.
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Cctv Footage Shows Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi Entering The Saudi Consulate In Istanbul, Turkey, Before His Death.
CCTV footage shows Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, before his death.
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But NBC’s Peter Alexander pressed Jean-Pierre over whether public information of the president’s negative test is becoming increasingly rare.

“I’m just confused because in the past people always told us the date of the most recent Test. So why can’t you tell us?” Alexander said, going back and forth with the press secretary, “Why has this changed? Because in the past they always told us.”

Jean-Pierre eventually said, “He’s tested once a week. I don’t have the date in front of me at the moment” and reiterated that if Biden had been in close contact with anyone, the frequency of testing would change. Will go

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