US ‘can’t give Saudi Arabia a pass’ on Khashoggi, US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley says, blames crown prince for murder
“I think we need to have a serious hard talk with the Saudis to let them know we won’t condone this, we won’t give you a pass, and don’t do this again,” Haley said in an interview with the morning talk show, Today.
“It was the Saudi government, and MBS is the head of the Saudi government,” Haley said referring to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by his initials. “So they are all responsible, and they don’t get a pass, not an individual, not the government — they don’t get a pass.”
It was the first interview Haley did since she announced she would be leaving her post by year’s end.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, weeks later the Saudi Arabia admitted he was killed there.
Haley emphasizes Saudi Arabia is an important partner for the U.S. in dealing with Iran, and fighting Houthi insurgents in Yemen, Hezbollah militants in Lebanon and “Iranian proxies” throughout the world.
“I think that the administrations have to talk about where we go from here. What I can tell you that’s so important is that the Saudis have been our partner in defeating and dealing with Iran. And that has been hugely important,” Haley said.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his choice to replace Haley, who said she would help her get ready for her new post.
“You know, time will tell how this works out, but I can tell you I’m going to support and help in her transition and her ability to move forward and be successful,” Haley added.