Psaki skirts questions about punishing MBS for death of Jamal Khashoggi
Added 02-28-21 12:18:02pm EST - “White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday wouldn't directly say whether President Biden would take action to sanction Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman personally for the death of Saudi ?” - Nypost.com
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday wouldn’t directly say whether President Biden would take action to sanction Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman personally for the death of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi — saying only that there are “more effective” means.
“We believe there is more effective ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again and to also be able to leave room to work with the Saudis on areas where there is mutual agreement — where there is national interest for the United States,” Psaki said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“That is what diplomacy looks like. That is what complicated global engagement looks like. And we have made no secret and been clear we are going to hold them accountable on the global stage and with direct actions,” she continued.
CNN anchor Dana Bash pressed her, saying that Biden slapped sanctions on other Saudi officials but spared bin Salman — who is also known by his initials MBS — in the death of Khashoggi, a US resident and journalist for the Washington Post, in 2018.
“So isn’t punishing them like punishing the hitman and not the mob boss who actually put out the hit?” Bash asked Psaki.
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