President Donald Trump’s son Don Jr., promoted a Twitter exchange on Friday that smeared Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month, as an ally of “jihadists.”
Turkish officials say they have evidence that Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by a group of Saudis who arrived by plane the morning of his disappearance. The growing likelihood that a U.S. resident was murdered inside the consulate of a purported ally has caused a major international crisis for Saudi Arabia and its powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Jamal Khashoggi, who had written critically of the Saudi government in recent years, was living in a self-imposed exile in Washington, D.C. He went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and the Saudi government has denied involvement in his disappearance.
Latest attack on Jamal Khashoggi’s reputation started Friday with Patrick Poole, a terrorism correspondent for conservative website PJ Media. Poole ran images from a 1988 article Khashoggi wrote showing Khashoggi holding a rocket-propelled grenade with fighters in Afghanistan opposing the Soviet Union.
Jamal Khashoggi was among a number of journalists who interviewed Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s and ’90s. But the picture and article, Patrick Poole claimed, proved that Jamal Khashoggi was “tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden.”
President Donald Trump has called Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance “no good” but has also declined to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to it.