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Trump: Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East

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United States President Donald Trump has said that he does not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia when asked by Fox Business Network regarding the ongoing probe into the Khashoggi case.

Trump also said that Washington needed Saudi Arabia in the fight against terrorism. "Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East. We are stopping Iran. We're not trying to stop, we're stopping Iran," Trump said.

This comes after he criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials have said was murdered in the Saudis’ Istanbul consulate, to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.