Washington: Saudi Arabia is a strong ally of the US and Americans value the friendship a lot, American President Donald Trump said.
Trump said although the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman might have been behind the killing of a journalist, the US would not take stringent measures against Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi reportedly vanished after being lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.This incident has hugely embarrassed Washington.
The American President had been resisting accepting mounting evidence of Saudi government’s involvement in the killing of Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia has been providing help and cooperation in the US struggle to contain Iranian ambitions, the American administration said.
Trump acknowledged a push in Congress for the United States to sanction and take other action against the Saudi leadership but said he will consider if the proposals are in consistent with the security and safety of America.
The Washington Post in its report said the Amrerican President had placed personal relationships and commercial interests above American interests.