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Donald Trump blocks arms ban over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Sales: The prince and the president

DONALD TRUMP has said he will not impose further sanctions at present against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The US president argued ‘foolishly’ cancelling £86billion in arms sales would mean the Saudis would go elsewhere to acquire them. Mr Trump said King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘vigorously’ deny any knowledge of the murder of the US-based journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

It comes after Turkish media released what they claim is a partial transcript of the recording of Mr Khashoggi’s murder, in which he can be heard pleading, followed by ‘a verbal quarrel, noises of a physical fight, then beating and torture’. The US has placed sanctions on 17 Saudis. Publisher Fred Ryan, Mr Khashoggi’s former boss at the Washington Post, called Mr Trump’s remarks ‘a betrayal of American values’.