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Key Words: Trump says cancelling Saudi arms order over Khashoggi affair would be “punishing ourselves”

President Donald Trump expressed hesitance about cancelling a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia following the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump argued that the thousands of jobs could be threatened if the arms order were to be jettisoned. “If they don’t buy it from us, they’re going to buy it from Russia or they’re going to buy it from China,” Trump said. “We’re going to be punishing ourselves if we do that.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who resides in Virginia, went missing and was allegedly killed when he visited Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

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