Jamal Khashoggi is a Saudi journalist who mysteriously disappeared after walking into Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to obtain marriage papers.
Khashoggi was recently confirmed by the Saudi government to have been killed in the building. After eighteen days of insisting that they had no connection to his disappearance whatsoever, Saudi authorities claimed that a conversation between Khashoggi and an unidentified Saudi man quickly went South, and the ensuing brawl killed him with those responsible attempting to hide what they had done.
The White House has remained somewhat neutral on this topic, and Trump has said that he wants to avoid placing sanctions on Saudi Arabia. Turkish news outlets have provided photographs of a close associate of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, entering the consulate hours before Khashoggi arrived. The Turkish government have also identified fifteen suspects, nine of which belong to Saudi military or security services.
Donald Trump recently had a discussion with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Mohammed’s father, who stated that he had no idea about the whereabouts of Khashoggi. Trump later sent Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to meet with the King and Crown Prince, as well as investigators in Turkey.
After Trump was brought up to speed by Pompeo upon his return, the president changed his views on the subject, and now, along with several intelligence reports, thinks that their was some connection between Khashoggi’s murder and the Saudi government.
This situation presents a problem for the United States and its citizens. If Saudi Arabia and the U.S decides to impose tariffs on each other, that would deal a considerable blow to the life of citizens. We receive some of our biggest imports of mineral fuels, aluminum, fertilizer, and organic chemicals from Saudi Arabia. If Saudi Arabia were to pull out of the relationship, we would lose 18.8 billion dollars worth of the essentials I just mentioned. Oil costs would skyrocket, causing the quality of life to decrease quite a bit in America. This is bad news for students of C&C who drive to don’t walk to school, as increased fueling costs will make public transport even more disorganized and dirty. All we can hope for is that Donald Trump handles himself well for once and steers clear of the bleak future potentially facing our country.