Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened “to our Saudi Arabian citizen.” He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2018
Courtesy of CNBC:
President Donald Trump said Monday morning that he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “immediately” to meet with the Saudi king as the international outcry continued to grow over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The president also said King Salman denied knowledge of anything regarding the writer’s fate. “His denial to me could not have been stronger,” Trump told reporters later Monday morning. The president also suggested that “rogue killers” might have murdered Khashoggi, a Saudi national and critic of the royal family who was living in the U.S. under self-imposed exile.
Now at this point, just about everybody with a working intellect has deduced that Khashoggi died inside that Saudi consulate, so how is Trump still so unsure?
Well as we know from the past Trump does not recognize facts that he feels negatively impact him personally.
For instance, Trump does not accept that climate change is the result of mankind’s actions because to do so means he may have to alter business practices and speak out against fossil fuel companies who contribute huge amounts to the Republican party.
Similarly, Trump does not accept the facts about Russian meddling because doing so may invalidate his presidency.
So why would Trump have such a hard time blaming the Saudis for this murder?
Well, the answer to that question may be found in this 2016 article from The Independent:
A Saudi Arabian journalist and commentator has been banned by his country for criticizing US President-elect Donald Trump.
Jamal Khashoggi has been banned from writing in newspapers, making TV appearances and attending conferences, Middle East Eye reports.
After Mr. Khashoggi criticized Mr. Trump’s Middle East policies at a Washington think-tank on 10 November, an official Saudi spokesman said he did not represent the Kingdom in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
That’s right the Saudi government had Trump’s back when Khashoggi was criticizing him and now that they have murdered him, Trump is simply returning the favor.
And of course, he has all of those business deals with Saudi Arabia as well.
In other words, it is very unlikely that Trump will do shit about this murder, even with all of the pressure coming his way from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.