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We’ve never seen [the crackdown on dissidents] on a scale like this. A dissident like Jamal Khashoggi in the past wouldn’t have been considered worth the effort.
"Sanctioning the deputy head of state of a foreign country, let alone an ally, is a major step and something [the U.S.] wouldn’t pursue without strong evidence and a willingness to see through the political consequences."
[The White House] would love for this to just disappear because the administration wants to have close ties to Saudis, to continue with business as usual.