US President Donald Trump refrained from holding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to account over the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October as a means of paying back Riyadh’s favors, an American political analyst says.
“Being very wealthy, one moves among the same circle of people and favors are done for each other. People, such as many Saudis, would help bail him out of desperate situations and there would be some payback,” Myles Hoenig told Press TV on Saturday.
“In Trump’s case, the saved favor was letting” bin Salman “get off nearly ‘Scott-free,’” he added.
Khashoggi, a royal insider-turned-bin Salman critic, was killed after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
After weeks of denials of any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, the Riyadh regime acknowledged the “premeditated” murder, but has vehemently sought to distance the heir to the throne from…