After a call with King Salman, President Trump said that the Saudi leader firmly denied having anything to with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump added, “It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” (I just saw Mohammed bin Salman drive by in a White Ford Bronco…)

+ “Under bin Salman’s growing control of the Saudi state, the hands-off American policy has continued, despite a humanitarian nightmare in Yemen, the seeming extortion of Saudi oligarchs of tens of billions of dollars and, if the allegations of Turkish officials are to be believed, the murder and dismemberment of a prominent Saudi writer inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.” Peter Bergen: Trump’s uncritical embrace of MBS set the stage for Khashoggi crisis.

+ People in Yemen reading the Khashoggi coverage are like, “Wait, the world didn’t know that Saudis killed civilians with America’s OK?” At least 10,000 people have been killed in that conflict, with millions more displaced. And Yemen could face the ‘worst famine in 100 years.’