MEDIA/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Frida [10-19-18] that Saudi Arabia’s explanation for how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died at its consulate in Istanbul was credible. Speaking to reporters, Trump said Saudi Arabia’s announcement on the circumstances of Khashoggi’s death was a ‘good first step.’ He also said he prefers that any sanctions against Riyadh not include canceling big defense orders.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump Says Saudi Explanation on Khashoggi’s Death Credible,” US News and World Report, October 19, 2018 9:00 pm