(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Lindsey Graham accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of knowing what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, Graham said that “nothing happens in Saudi Arabia” without Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman knowing about it, and Graham called for his removal.
“Well I know this. Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without the MBS knowing it,” Graham said. MBS stands for Mohammed Bin Salman, “the 33-year-old crown prince who jumped over other people, Graham said. “He’s the son of the existing king, and I think he’s on a bad track. I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us.”
Graham said he’s “not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy’s in charge.”
When asked whether he means Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has to leave, Graham said, “It’s up to them.”
Graham said he’s been Saudi Arabia’s “biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate.”
“This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it, I feel used and abused. I was on the floor every time defending Saudi Arabia, cause there’s a good ally. There’s a difference between a country and a individual. The MBS figure is to me toxic. He can never be a world figure on the world stage,” Graham said.
When asked whether President Donald Trump should impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Graham said, “It’s up to the president, but I would do. I know what I would do. I’m gonna sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia. You know we deal with bad people all the time, but this is in our face. I feel personally offended. They have nothing but contempt for us.
“Why would you put a guy like me and the president in this box after all the president has done. This guy has gotta go. Saudi Arabia, if you’re listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself,” Graham said.
Asked who would replace the crown prince, Graham said, “That’s up to them. It’s not my job.” He added that there are "a bunch” of crown princes to choose from.