What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump will not respond to a U.S. Senate request under the Global Magnitsky Act on the involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018, CNN reported Feb. 8.
Why It Matters: The U.S. Congress has been pressuring the White House to take a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia and its leadership after Khashoggi's killing and mounting evidence by the CIA and the United Nations pointing toward Mohammed bin Salman's direct involvement.
Background: A recent vote in the U.S. Senate fell four votes short of a supermajority that would have enabled the legislative body to override a potential presidential veto on confronting Riyadh. The prospect of sanctions against Saudi Arabia could significantly undermine investor confidence in the country just as foreign investors and companies are showing an increased interest in resuming business with the kingdom.
- Saudi Arabia: Mindful of Its Image, Riyadh Ends a Graft Probe (Jan. 31, 2019)
- Why Saudi Arabia is Embracing a New Nationalism (Jan. 4, 2019)
- Riyadh out to Make Fewer Foreign Policy Waves in 2019 (Dec. 18, 2018)