Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday said the U.S. should “sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia” and vowed to never work with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as long as he remains in charge of the country, slamming him as “toxic” and a “wrecking ball.”
The disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the 33-year-old crown prince and royal family, ignited an international uproar after he was last seen at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.
“He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey,” Graham said on “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. “And to expect me to ignore it, I feel used and abused. I was on the floor every time defending Saudi Arabia because they’re a good ally.”
Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi officials, but President Donald Trump has told reporters that King Salman vehemently denies those accusations. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Saudi Arabia on Monday as the kingdom is expected to explain the journalist’s disappearance.
“I’m not going back to Saudi Arabia if this guy’s in charge,” Graham said. “He can never be a world leader on the world stage,” he said of the crown prince.
“We deal with bad people all the time,” Graham said. “This is in our face. I feel personally offended. They have nothing but contempt for us.”
“This guy has got to go. Saudi Arabia, if you’re listening. There’s a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country,” he said, referring to the crown prince’s moniker.