Axios' Allen: Pompeo Warned Saudis They Had 'Few Days' to Probe Khashoggi Death
Biden hits Trump for 'coddling' authoritarian regimes.
Axios reported Thursday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a stern message to Saudi leaders over the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Axios co-founder Mike Allen told Dana Perino that Pompeo warned Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that the kingdom would only have 72 hours to complete a promised investigation.
"Behind the scenes, we're told by sources, he told them they needed to hurry. ... He warned the crown prince that the kingdom's position on the public stage was at risk and that he needed to own this and take action," Allen explained, adding that the administration's stance was looking "less and less tenable" given mounting evidence that Khashoggi was murdered in gruesome fashion inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Meantime, former VP Joe Biden said the Trump administration "seems to have a love affair with autocrats" and authoritarian regimes.
"I don't want to speculate on my worst fears. But, either [Trump] doesn't know what he is doing or he has an absolutely convoluted notion of what allows America to lead the world," Biden told CBS News' Norah O'Donnell.
Why do you think President Trump does that?
"I don't want to speculate on my worst fears. But either he doesn't know what he's doing or he has a absolutely convoluted notion of what allows America to lead the world." -- Former VP @JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/fZAELIZ5Or
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 18, 2018
Allen noted that Pompeo continues to call the situation a "disappearance," not a murder, despite U.S. intelligence likely possessing its own evidence of exactly what happened to Khashoggi.
"That's the ultimate euphemism if any of this evidence has any validity," he said.
Details of the attack on Khashoggi have started to emerge based on recordings allegedly obtained by Turkish authorities from inside the consulate, including of a Saudi autopsy doctor reportedly telling others to listen to music to ease the tension as they dismembered the body.
Watch Allen's full analysis above.