Speaking at the State Department Tuesday afternoon about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US has identified “at least some of the individuals responsible including those in the intelligence services, the royal court, the foreign ministry and other Saudi ministries.”
On top of revoking visas, Pompeo said the US is also “taking appropriate actions,” including potential sanctions. “These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States,” he said.
President Trump has been reluctant to criticize Saudi Arabia, insisting several times in the past week that people should give Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt. Pompeo, too, stressed the US’ “strong partnership” and “shared strategic interests” with Saudi Arabia.
However, Pompeo took a harder line than previous White House statements.
“We are making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi … Neither the President nor I am happy with this situation,” he said.