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Turkey / Saudi Consulate Mystery / Khashoggi / US Policy / Jordan Interview / A Discussion #1131321

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Istanbul: Nic Robertson) The new developments in the hunt for answers over the October 2 disappearance of "Washington Post" journalist Jamal Khashoggi†, who may have been killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, with a timetable indicating he was beaten, tortured & killed, the Turkish investigation of some of the Saudi jets in Istanbul, where this new information is coming from about Khashoggi with audio recordings made inside the consulate discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) What President Trump said about Khashoggi after days of denials by the administration about the Saudis. [TRUMP - says he appears dead so a response will have to be severe.] [Secretary of State Mike POMPEO - relays what the Saudis have said about investigating the disappearance.] The issue of whether any Saudi investigation could be transparent outlined.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan. [From Dallas, JORDAN - offers views on the fact that a murder occurred with the issue being whether it reached up the chain of command to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, what American intelligence can detect about the Saudis involved, the issue of a replacement for MBS, his track record of failures in Arab states making his suitability to become king questionable, the US need for ambassadors in Saudi Arabia & Turkey.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's analyst Max Boot & former CIA officer Bob Baer about Saudi Arabia & this murder. [BOOT - offers views on how the US is handling Saudi Arabia, how "crown prince" Jared Kushner is letting Saudi Arabia do whatever it wants: a failed strategy of a blank check from the Trump administration to Saudi Arabia.] [BAER - offers views on how MBS is absolutely involved & ordered this hit impulsively: he cannot succeed his father to the throne & has to go, how US-Saudi policy is a catastrophe.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Robertson, Nic

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