Major State Department Report Says Jamal Khashoggi’s Problems Began Not When He Criticized Saudis, But Trump

Mohit Priyadarshi

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (

There has been a lot of speculation about the possible reasons that led the Saudis to kill Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but one thing which has remained constant is the understanding that his falling out with the Saudi administration took place because of his criticism of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. But now, a major report issued by the State Department seems to suggest that Khashoggi’s problems first arose not because he criticized the Saudi leadership, but because he criticized Donald Trump.

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