President Donald Trump on Thursday said that the CIA has not reached a conclusion about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, adding during a teleconference with military members that Salman “regretted the death more than I do.”
The president has previously declined to confirm or deny reports that the CIA has concluded the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. When asked who should be blamed instead, Trump said “maybe the world” because it’s a “vicious, vicious place,” and referenced oil prices as a reason not to punish Saudi Arabia further.
During the call, the president went on to speak at length about border security and the migrant caravan, saying that he would consider shutting down the entire U.S.-Mexico border in response.
He then threatened a government shutdown over border security, and referenced shutting down the border two days ago, but did not provide an explanation for the comment. Trump also spoke about a possible visit to troops overseas.
On the subject of his daughter Ivanka’s use of a private email account when conducting government business, Trump said he had spoken to her and that she is “very innocent.”