Ilhan Omar is calling out the Biden administration for refusing to sanction Mohammad Bin Salman after it was revealed that he personally okayed the torture and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Biden administration decided not to sanction bin Salman for fear it would harm US Saudi relations. Ilhan prefers the more radical Muslims. She complained that Congress was not informed of the attack in Syria.
I can understand why they did not disclose that information beforehand. The more radical elements in the Democratic party might have warned the Iranians.
If Trump had done this, he would have been impeached….again. But since it is a Democrat charging him with a crime would be racist, xenophobic and white supremacy.
Biden has taken some heat over the raid on Iranian assets in Syria.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced legislation to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Tuesday after the U.S, intelligent report named bin Salman as the one who sanctioned the attack on Khashoggi. S
he named the Biden administration in the offering of her bill.
“Starting with the Biden Administration, it is vital for all world leaders to ask themselves if they are prepared to shake hands with a person whose culpability as a murder has been proven.”
Every minute Mohammed bin Salman escapes punishment is a moment where U.S. interests, human rights, and the lives of Saudi dissenters are at risk.
Today, I introduced legislation to place sanctions on the Crown Prince for his role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. pic.twitter.com/MKBzxotVbO
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) March 2, 2021
The bill calls for bin Salman’s assets to be frozen, any transactions between bin Salman and the U.S. be cancelled and his ability to travel to the United States be immediately revoked.
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The report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the Crown Prince directly ordered his own security detail to “capture or kill” Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident who previously wrote for The Washington Post. Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has called the report “negative, false, and unacceptable,” rejecting any responsibility for the assassination.
President Biden was hesitant to directly sanction bin Salman due to concerns it would strain the diplomatic partnership between the U.S. and Riyadh, according to The New York Times. The administration has said it is pursuing a “recalibration” of the relationship between the two countries.