Turkey’s international minister accused President Trump on Friday of turning a “blind eye” to the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the dominion’s consulate in Istanbul.

International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s rebuke comes a day after Trump doubled down in his protection of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following a Thanksgiving name with US navy commanders.

The president pushed apart a “excessive confidence” conclusion by the CIA that the crown prince ordered the assassination, saying, “Whether or not he did or whether or not he didn’t, he denies it vehemently.”

“They haven’t concluded. No one’s concluded. I don’t know if anyone’s going to have the ability to conclude that the Crown Prince did it,” Trump mentioned Thursday. “They mentioned he might need executed it. That’s an enormous distinction.”

The prince, Saudia Arabia’s de facto ruler, “hates it greater than I do,” Trump added in regards to the killing.

Requested who needs to be accountable for the homicide, Trump mentioned: “Possibly the world needs to be held accountable as a result of the world is a vicious place.”

“In a method, Mr. Trump’s assertion means, ‘Come what might, I’ll flip a blind eye on this.’ This strategy is incorrect. Cash shouldn’t be all the things. We should always not distance ourselves from human values,” Cavusoglu instructed CNN Turk.

“We discovered the US President’s assertion about MBS’s involvement the place he mentioned ‘Possibly he did, possibly he didn’t,’ attention-grabbing. What he based mostly this on, we don’t know,” he mentioned, referring to the 33-year-old prince by his initials.

Trump has prompt that damaging relations with Saudi Arabia on account of the killing would set off “a world melancholy,” consequence within the lack of “tons of of hundreds of jobs” and go away Israel defenseless.

The president has cited Washington’s profitable arms offers with Riyadh and the dominion’s energy to manage oil costs and comprise Iranian aggression within the area, as causes to attenuate the response to Khashoggi’s dying.

The US has sanctioned 17 Saudis after the journalist’s killing.

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