Mindful of the importance of Saudi Arabia’s economic influence, Mr. Trump has chosen to support the Saudi Regime’s explanations.
At stake are munitions sales for the war in Yemen plus control of oil prices, particularly important now due to animosities with Iran.
King Salman and The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) have denied any knowledge of what happened in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul October 2.
That 15 men, including several from the Crown Prince’s own security service, arrived in Royal jets with a forensics medical expert and a bone saw, is entirely surprising to them.
The King and MbS have indicated they will certainly get to the bottom of the problem and take measures to deal with the culprits.
This could mean the very men ordered to do the hit will be detained and punished as “gone rogue” with “the wrong interpretation” of their orders.
In fact, MbS today indicated a bone saw has been found in the desert, apparently flung there at some point.
He explained that this bone saw does not have the Royal Emblem MbS engraved into it, which would have been essential for any operation he had ordered.
The bone saw under scrutiny does have some stains on it that might be traced to Mr. Khashoggi.
Mr. bin Salman further noted that he had been joking only about capturing Mr. Khashoggi and transporting him to Saudi Arabia for detention and possible punishment.
But a bone saw has a “certain mystique,” and some of his men may have misinterpreted his views in a kind of “hypnosis” with what it could do.
This includes playing music during the forensic event by the medical expert on hand for bone saw ops.
(That the other 14 men danced during this performance has not been confirmed.)
This view of the Royal Family’s ignorance of what happened is playing favorably in Washington at this time.
Senator Graham has responded: “Well, then, of course a reasonable explanation such as this one makes a lot of difference.”
The Washington Post has thanked Mr. Trump and the Saudis for clarifying the matter.
The 15 men who did the deed can not be blamed too heavily, according to Ms. Sanders, White House Press Correspondent.
They “fell in love with this rogue bone saw and got carried away,” she said, apparently on instructions from Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump added in to FOX News:
“Look, people make mistakes, right? I make mistakes. Now I’m sure a little caning or amputating a limb here or there, and we can all move on in this matter.”
The International Community is relieved and will return to business as usual right away.