David Ignatius: Pompeo Using Khashoggi Murder to ‘Make a Fight for Political Reasons’ with the Media

‘I can’t help but think that Pompeo wants to pick a fight with the media’

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IGNATIUS: “I can’t help but think that Pompeo wants to pick a fight with the media. He’s running for president. He knows that the Trump base loves fights between Trump, and now Pompeo, and the media. But it’s gratuitous and it contradicts the very words that Pompeo uses himself to describe what happened in this murder, this -- I'll use his words -- this grotesque butchery. So, I wish Pompeo had stuck with what he knows, which was that a terrible crime was committed here. Jamal Khashoggi wasn’t a perfect person, nobody is. No journalist would claim to be perfect in every way. That’s not the issue. The issue is he was murdered in a brutal way. As Pompeo says, he was chopped to pieces, hacked to bits in Istanbul. And the former secretary of state chooses, I think, to kind of make a fight for political reasons with the news media."

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