Mike Pompeo, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was heavily criticized after he was seen laughing and cracking jokes with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the gruesome murder of a Saudi journalist.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate building on Oct. 2nd. He was there to pick up documentation to prove his divorce so he could marry his fiancée.

According to published reports, Khashoggi was tortured inside the General consul's office within 7 minutes of his arrival.

His fingers were cut off with a buzzsaw one by one as he sat at the consul's desk. He was then dragged into a nearby office and thrown on a table where he was surgically dismembered while still alive.

Forensics expert Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who works for the Saudi royal family, reportedly told the assassins to put on headphones and listen to music to drown out the screams while dismembering Khashoggi.

The journalist was then injected with an unknown substance to silence him.

Consul General Mohammed al-Otabi was overheard on an audio tape nervously telling the men to "do this outside or you'll get me in trouble."

Otabi later fled the country on a commercial airliner.

Khashoggi was told by consulate officials that the documents were not ready. He agreed to return to the consulate on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd.

Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz

Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz, 36, accompanied him to the consulate building on Tuesday. He turned over his 2 mobile phones to her and activated the recording function on his Apple Smart Watch before entering the consulate.

There are conflicting reports that Khashoggi's murder was captured in audio sent to his mobile phone from his Apple Watch. But other reports say Turkish officials had the consulate building bugged with concealed microphones.

Surveillance cameras outside the consulate building show Khashoggi walking into the building. The same cameras showed his fiancée waiting patiently for 10 hours for him to return.

Turkish police believe 15 members of an elite Saudi "hit squad" carried out the hit on the orders of Saudi's crown prince who was upset with Khashoggi for writing damaging stories about him.

Audio obtained by Turkish officials prove Khhashoggi was killed inside the consulate. But Saudi officials initially claimed he left the building alive.

A Turkish newspaper published the names and pictures of the 15-man hit squad, including Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, who previously worked as a diplomat at the Saudi embassy, and was recently photographed on multiple occasions with the crown prince.

The 15-man assassination team arrived in Istanbul on 2 private jets in the middle of the night on Tuesday morning. The last jet carrying the hit squad departed Istanbul by 9 p.m. the day of the murder.

Khashoggi, a well-known journalist for a Saudi newspaper, was a close friend of the Saudi royal family until he turned on the crown prince, who famously rounded up at least 10 Saudi princes and other government officials and tortured them in a luxury hotel. The kidnappings were part of the Crown Prince Mohammed's power grab.

Khashoggi reportedly feared for his life when he fled his native Saudi Arabia and moved to Washington, D.C. to seek exile last year. He was hired by the Washington Post as a columnist. His last post was published in September.

Pompeo defended his actions in Saudi Arabia, saying he wasn't interested in discussing the facts of the case with reporters. He added that the Saudis didn't want to talk about the case either.

Critics say Pompeo was sent to Saudi Arabia to protect America's oil interests. President Trump took a defensive tone when asked about the Saudis link to Khashoggi's murder.

"Here we go again with, you know, 'You're guilty until proven innocent.' I don't like that," said Trump. "We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh, and he was innocent all the way, as far as I'm concerned."

Khashoggi's family are calling for an independent investigation into Khashoggi's murder -- apart from the ones being conducted by Turkish and Saudi officials.

Photos by Getty Images

  • Yoni7

    All that money and his mouth looks like he eats sh!t and tree bark all day. UGH!

  • Weird Bananas

    It's actually advantageous for our government to appear neutral during times like these before we can definitively say what happened. Also smart for diplomacy.

  • Yardgirl

    Teeth person here and I threw up in my mouth at that grill *shudder*

  • KLove

    Them Saudis dont play the radio...toe the line, or suffer dire consequences......i see its really easy to fall out of favor with them folks and get on their bad side....on the one hand, we need to partner with the Saudis against Iran...on the other, I can see how folks would be against us being allies with such a brutal regime

  • Yoni7

    Looks like his tongue might be coated in some type of cheesy, smelly substance. :hurl:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Weird Bananas

    What the Trump administration is doing is actually quite brilliant.

    They're forcing the left to cast the Saudis as terrorists without knowing the full story, which is exactly what they've been calling the right 'racist' for over the past 20 years.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Sweet Jesus .... shyt is insane

  • Karen Brady

    Devils

  • stevetheque

    Got damn you're stupid!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    “Here we go again with, you know, ‘You’re guilty until proven innocent.’ I don’t like that,” said Trump. “We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh, and he was innocent all the way, as far as I’m concerned.”
    __________
    Chile coming from him shyt !!!!!.... It's some evil folks in office .. apparently across the damn globe..... sweet Lordt Chile .... this a bit heavy .... BBL !!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d72e5356f4189df724b1c6b74eef9053350867828329801f57408ebbe30f5616.gif

  • Renee26

    Sad and Evil

  • Mielle Downey

    The Saudi money is long and this guy was part of the family so tell me again why we should even care?They have been using people as slaves in these Arabic countries and because some rich guy get killed by his family we should care. Liberals elites are showing thier whole behind. Care if it some rich Arab dude but for all of the poor people who go to these aweful countries to work we dont give a hoot. What about the African slaves in Libya? Smh are we all sheep?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile .... sweet Lordt !!! We in the damn twilight damn zone ......now I see where these horror movies come from Lawd https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51c6b3f7a6512ebaa1918af76267cbf3565dd650397e2957034187e652b8b8a3.gif

  • Weird Bananas

    Great argument, Steve.

  • stevetheque

    No argument just facts and not alternative facts! That was a really dumb ass comment you made!

  • stevetheque

    Wouldn't you enjoy the drudgereport or some other right wing blog to spout your nonsense? You know you're own ilk!!

  • Coy little wink

    Those Saudis are savages idk about travelling over there anymore...

  • Alextra Ballard

    she lucky they didn't hav it in for her....they would hav fvcked her up as well. I'm wondering did they even know she was out there

  • Weird Bananas

    Oh my God, someone dared to disagree with you in your safe space. Get a life, dude.

  • Weird Bananas

    How many times are you going to respond to my shit? Obsess much?

  • ohdearme

    People need to stop with the faux fury, this is what many of you elected a swamp. Did you really think somehow we were going to see a vast change from what we witnessed during the campaign? Trump will defend anyone but our own intelligence forces, if they say Russia interfered, he denies it, my Lord he doesn't even attend security briefings. Does Trump have certain interests in Saudi, well yes, yes he does. Will he still sell arms to them, why yes, according to him it would hurt the US not to! Crazy stuff.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The Saudis will either get no punishment, or basically a slap on the wrist. Trump already sounds like he's looking for a way to downplay this whole thing.

  • ohdearme

    Brilliant and the Trump administration will never be a "thing", but hey nice try. Now how about you research how much interest "Trump International" has in Saudi, then ask yourself why the US still plans to sell arms to them? JP Morgan Chase and Richard Branson have stopped all dealings there, those are real businesses with integrity, something Trump, his family and administration LACK! lol

  • Ni Ni

    Critics say Pompeo was sent to Saudi Arabia to protect America’s oil interests.
    __________
    Ya think!

  • ohdearme

    He already has downplayed everything given that he plans on selling arms to them.

  • iWasteTime

    He is.
    The Saudis are his "friends" and spend lots and lots of money at his casinos and hotels.

  • iWasteTime

    They said we good, we rich rich and y'all need us more than we need you!

  • Branch Davidian

    This is a shitty situation all the way around but what are you going to do? Piss off the Saudis and watch gas rocket to $10/gal. Trump may be a buffoon but he is in a no-win situation here. Until we get a handle on how to wean ourselves from oil and fossil fuels, we basically just have to sit and take it. That being said, dude was a Permanent Resident of the US. Should have been NOWHERE near that part of the world. IJS

  • Yardgirl

    **hurl**

  • ohdearme

    It doesn't matter how many times someone responds to your dumba@@ comment just own that it was stupid to say and move on. If you really think that Trump cared about the journalist in the first place is laughable, he hates the press and wishes he could do the same to those that disagree with him.

  • Ryan

    What else would you expect from a troll? This is probably the extent of its contact with humans. Giving it attention makes its day.

  • Ni Ni

    Exactly!

  • Trace da Ace

    Dump is not going to piss off the Saudi folks cause he knows they are savage and will hurt his pockets..deeply.....shit just like Russia....Dump knows who's feathers to ruffle....and who's not too......yall don't know by now he is a piece of shit????

  • ohdearme

    You're right, thankfully we can block trolls.

  • Yardgirl

    Right behind you sis!! ---------> *exits post*

  • stevetheque

    Weirdo!! No fucking weirdo!! You gotta have a punchable face!!

  • stevetheque

    It's a space for all but you sound like a lunatic! Go get laid

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    he better laugh and smile and suck it up. his big pasty azz can disappear too... and when they 'assist' with finding him, believe that he'll be with an under-age girl (OR boy) and dead as a result of heart failure. those Saudis are about that life and give no fuggs about Trump and his 'cabinet'
    Plus, Trump is already into them for so much money that he knows to shut the fugg up anyway. trust, he knows who NOT to try. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ((((((((echo)))))))!!!!!!

  • stevetheque

    See you agree it's shit!! Last comment for you ass clown!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    dude was a Permanent Resident of the US. Should have been NOWHERE near that part of the world.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Especially since he was already fearful of getting murdered...

  • Weird Bananas

    What are you, like 50? Your responses suck, old man hahaha

  • hottlanta

    Yep dump all over pimping that thief who stole that sign in north korea. Our tax money paid for the family trip 2 the olympics gold coins for a 1 page fake summit n for dump 2 receive a 16 x 20 big azz letter in an envelope.

  • Li-Wright

    Look people.....45 is loyal to those who give him money and buy his condos. 45 is not going to go against the King or Saudi Arabia. Remember 9/11? Half the terrorists were from Saudi Arabia....did we do anything against Saudi Arabia? Did we make demands -- HELL NO! Because they got the oil and the money.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Critics say Pompeo was sent to Saudi Arabia to protect America’s oil interests.
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    This is the only reason he was sent to Saudi Arabia! The U.S. doesn't give two shyts about a Saudi journalist who exposes his home country for their atrocities.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Remember 9/11? Half the terrorists were from Saudi Arabia
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
    So very true...

  • Li-Wright

    Alert Alert: Everybody head over to MSNBC where they're talking about the worst deficits in a decade! And now McConnell is talking about cutting social programs like SocSec, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps. THIS. is what we better be worried about.
    One of the experts said the deficits were run up on purpose for the EXCUSE to cut safety net programs.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thanks. Gonna go take a listen...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I wonder why the U.S. doesn't doesn't just go in and ride roughshod all over Saudi Arabia. It's not like we don't have the manpower. As many countries that have been trampled on by the U.S. for their wealth why do we treat these bathrobe wearing sand-n___rs with kid gloves?

  • Phillybruh

    except for when he is a naturalized citizen of these here United States.

  • Quitedeliteful

    He's naturalized but to trump he's just some foreigner messing with his oil...

  • Phillybruh

    Those folks over there will fight a tank with a rock and they just keep coming and coming. That's why Iran dares us to come over there as much as they hate their country they hate us even more and unlike us they will get together to go against the common threat.

  • Phillybruh

    He is a journalist with citizenship here, you have to ask how he got it and why. The why is why he was killed.

  • Quitedeliteful

    So very true. They really are willing to die for their beliefs. Americans, not so much...

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    He need not ever laugh like he did in that pic up top. Not with all them gums and brown chiclet teeth.

    Sorry (not sorry) but I couldn't resist. For the most part, I try to behave in the comments, but sometimes I say what I'm thinking.

  • MzKeriBabee

    Just WOW.....

  • Quitedeliteful

    Gonna do some digging...

  • guest

    EVIL.....the so call Prince is wicked too..smdh

  • Coffee1st

    Never that! The U.S. and SA are bedfellows. They scratch each others backs in major ways.
    They will support each others BS no matter what.

  • Eileen

    uh...no mam' they are our biggest allies in the region. it is definitely a sensitive matter

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl, that's that fake, nervous laugh... trust, showing those "chiclet teeth" is his way of showing that young Saudi 'sand nicca' the utmost respect.

  • Eileen

    Ouch...

  • Eileen

    savages yep they can be and they are in this country...umh....

  • Eileen

    what was he thinking? oh he wasn't

  • hottlanta

    Saw that last night. They was talking about tbe déficit n it had so many zéros l got dizzy. Cutting social security n medicare 2 pay the rich. Them fools is fixing the stock market as well giving dump fake economic numbers that things are great.

  • hottlanta

    He was un exile from saudi arabia

  • nick c

    That's not why the US is the biggest exporter of oil we need them to keep Iran in check

  • PlayerP

    Say word!

  • nick c

    Never been a fan of SA since 9/11. If they can crash planes in a building they are capable of chopping up people.

  • Trace da Ace

    #truth

  • Trace da Ace

    girl! you already know.....lol *wink*

  • datjerk

    Fury? Why? It's not like we all dont know they're cut from the same cloth. This fall right in line with all the other bs that administration is lo key involved in.

  • datjerk

    Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with 9/11.

  • Miss Thang

    Can we get a post on how MITCH MCCONNELL STILLLLL WANTS TO CUT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY?????????
    HOW TF DOES THAT MFER SLEEP AT NIGHT?

  • Miss Thang

    You say he look like he been eating shit burgers and mud pies??

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The men who hijacked those planes were from Saudi Arabia; yet, we dropped bombs on Iraq. This is a continuation of that story.

  • Miss Thang

    Why the hell would you have ever thought about traveling to Saudi Arabia?? You wanna get beheaded for wearing your hair out or walking down the street with a man?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    One word: oil.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Not even “lo” key anymore. “Everything’s out in the open. There is nothing left to hide.”

  • OvertheMississippi

    Not even “lo” key anymore. “Everything’s out in the open. There is nothing left to hide.”

  • Jussjess25

    The suadi prince is kinda fioonne ?

  • Coy little wink

    Isn't Dubai nearby...my cousins flew there last Christmas then cruised the middle east...ill have to check their ports but yea...they had to cover up

  • Miss Thang

    playing with the devil smh

  • Miss Thang

    are you really that uneducated?

  • Miss Thang

    do you want to be beheaded or dismembered while you're alive??

  • Dun Dilly

    HMMM...1 dead Wash Post foreign journalists OR Several HUNDRED BILLION dollar ARMS deals on the table ?

    Y'all grow up, the world is gangsta..always have , always will be.

  • Jussjess25

    Noooo ???

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Here we go again with, you know, ‘You’re guilty until proven innocent.’ I don’t like that,” said Trump.

    ------------
    Sounds like Trump is GETTING a FANTASTIC experience in being black, minority or marginalized in the U.S.
    Great job, everyone !!

  • Goodii2Shoes

    lol

  • hottlanta

    DL dropping knowledge once agai when he said dump didnt wait for the facts on the central park 5 2 be finalized. He said they were guilty b4 the verdict n still think they guilty after evidence says they didnt do it. He said it is a sad day when the president is fighting with a porn star n the first lady is fighting with a rapper. Made my day.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    U can't make this stuff up folks.
    Wonder what George & Martha Washington would have to say about this mess?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Didn't Trump tell his cabinet today he wants them all to cut 5% ?

  • Coffee1st

    They sleep JESS fine. When wickedness is in your DNA, being effed up is a cake walk.
    They bout their fathers business...

  • Coffee1st

    Shid....how about survival.
    The deal with them made the petrodollar which elevated the US dollar. We NEED them....but in the end it's not going to make a difference. The dollar will fall.
    I forgot why they need us....military backing, I think.

  • CookieMobster

    WORD

  • CookieMobster

    This is pure evil. If he wanted to take him out, take him out with a quick bullet or something. That is still horribly wrong, but don't torture anyone or anything. I couldn't pull the wings off of a fly much less torture a human no matter how much I disliked them. I made my husband stop our car so I could shew a wasp that was hanging on the outside of my window for dear life the other day. i just couldn't stand it. I can't imagine the pain this man went threw and the awful sounds and screams he must have been making. How could those men carry this SHIT out. My heart breaks for him and his family. Sick shit man.

  • Around the world

    Here's why's https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fa1f95f74b264fffd053d744b35eaaa1f78a8e9b6947c3ab74c7e886ad55aa4.jpg

    Even Fox news called his orange lying ass out.

    Trump Inflates Saudi Arms Deal But Stays Silent On Saudi Cash In His Own Pocket

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-inflates-saudi-arms-deal-222323183.html

  • Alextra Ballard

    That's the same thing I wonder about line asz Press Secretary Sarah Hucklebuck Sanders

  • JENNYJONES1

    YEAH PEOPLE CAN BE UPSET BY THIS DISGUSTING ACT OF VIOLENCE ON THIS MAN BUT HE'S NOT AN AMERICAN AND HE WORKED FOR THE MEDIA WHICH TRUMP HATES SO WHAT IDIOTS REALLY THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THIS MAN OR RISK ONE RED CENT B/W AMERICA AND SAUDI ARABIA. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!.......JENNY JONES!!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    YES HE SURE IS BUT TRY AND BREAK UP WITH HIM EVEN IF IT'S HIS FAULT AND YOU'LL BE DEAD. THIS NUCCA IS PROBABLY GANGSTA LIKE KIM JONG-UN WHO KILLED HIS EX-GF B/C SHE DIDN'T WANT TO STILL BE WITH HIM AFTER HE MARRIED ANOTHER BEY-0TCH. SAUDI PRINCE MAYBE FINE BUT HE'S ONE TO DEFINITELY ADMIRE FROM A FAR.......FAR, FAR, FAR. LOL!!!.........JENNY JONES!!

  • Tonya

    Damn ur so right

  • Ant Hill

    Well they were in cohoots with bush and cheney and I bet you dont mind being fans of theirs.

  • Ant Hill

    put your kool aid down, same reason they dont do that to south korea, china, or russia, they only pick on weak countries who can't defend themselves.

  • Yoni7

    Worse.

  • Quitedeliteful

    they only pick on weak countries who can't defend themselves.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So true...

  • Waya Hedia

    Yeah.. and he was wrong, yes? Yet, I see you guys here all the time declaring just about everyone guilty of something. Like a mob. When do YOU wait for the judge and jury's verdict? Glass Houses.

  • Waya Hedia

    Pompeo will do what is necessary. I am not worried about that at all. Interesting that the 'critics' are unnamed in this piece. Probably because they're the usual suspects who whine about everything anyway.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Wow! Very informative...

  • blue skies

    OMG! ish u c in the movies