Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Donald Trump discussed on All Things Considered


Rarely ever produced before Christopher Joyce NPR news. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. This weekend. Turkey's president said for the first time that he had given audiotapes of the killing of Saudi journalists Jamal kashogi to officials in a number of western countries, including the US kashogi was killed last month inside the Saudi consulate in eastern bowl. The Turkish president's comment on Saturday keeps the pressure on the Trump administration to make Saudi Arabia face consequences for Kashoggi's death. NPR's? Jackie Northam has been following the case and joins us now. Hey, Jackie so Turkey's, president rage uptight. Irwin has ended for a while. Now that there was this audio recording Kashoggi's killing now, he's publicly confirmed. It do you think these audiotapes will impact the global response to what happened to this tape is expected to be extremely disturbing with sounds of the final moments of Jamaica show. Jeez. Life. Turkish officials say he was strangled. And then dismembered by fifteen men hit team from Saudi Arabia's who's probably pretty. Gruesome, the Washington Post has reported CIA director Gina hospital listened to the audio while she was on a trip to Istanbul last month, but the administration hasn't confirmed that in fact, the only country that has confirmed its listen to the audiotapes is Canada. Here's a Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Paris this weekend. Canada's intelligence agencies have been working very closely on this issue with the Turkish intelligence that Canada has been fully briefed up on what Turkey had to share. So the audiotape is out there. Yeah. Are there any plans to make the tapes more broadly public? We don't know that. But you know, every week Turkey seems to release more information about this killing so perhaps somehow it could leak out, and certainly a broader access to or put more pressure on the Trump administration actor take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia. Okay. So clearly Canada's been talking about these tapes is the Trump administration saying anything new at this point. A few things this weekend. The administration has been sending mixed messages about whether senior Saudi officials were involved in this killing and what they will do if it's found out that success. I'm this weekend secretary estate Mike Pompeo talked with Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, reiterated that the US will hold those responsible for Kashoggi's killing to account. But there was no mention in the State Department read out of that conversation. Anything about the audiotapes? The administration says it is reviewing whether to sanction some Saudis believed to be involved in killing President Trump has said he wants to wait until the Saudi authorities have finished up their investigation. And then he'll decide what to do. And he suggested that might happen as early as this week. So we could hear some time soon. But you don't also Trump is under a lot of pressure to do something. And there are growing bipartisan calls in congress to suspend or cancel weapons deals to the kingdom way or cutback US involvement and in the Saudi led war in Yemen. Yeah. On that the US has decided to stop refusing Saudi aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Yemen. Was that some sort of response ticket show? Jeez. Death possibly the kashogi killing has put the Saudis on the defensive for sure. And the war in Yemen has been on the top of the list of what people are objecting to the thing is the Saudis have been doing the majority of the refueling anyway. So this doesn't necessarily mean a lot. But it does come at a time. When the Saudi led coalition is attacking key port in Yemen. And groups are warning that could cut off food to millions of people in Yemen in the countries are ready on the verge of a famine. So there's growing urgency to stop the war. That's NPR's. Jackie northbound. Thanks very much. Jackie. Thank you..

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