He told Fox News Sunday’s host Chris Wallace that “We have the tape, I don’t want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape.”
When pressed on the question on why he does not want to hear the tape, the President said, “Because it’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it. There’s no reason for me to hear it.”
The President also noted that he has been advised not to listen to the tape.
“In fact, I said to the people, should I? They said, you really shouldn’t, there’s no reason. I know exactly – I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it,” said the President.
According to press reports, the U.S. intelligence arm, the CIA, had earlier concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince played a role in the killing.
The White House, however, is yet to state its take on the CIA’s conclusion.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any knowledge of the murder.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain a marriage document.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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