Rezaian decried President Donald Trump’s reaction to the October slaying of his former colleague, exiled Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi embassy in Turkey — allegedly ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“When the supposed leader of the free world stands up and says, ‘We’re not going to do anything,’ it only makes that problem worse,” Rezaian said.
Radsch agreed. Not only did Trump fail to stand up for American values, she said, he also made it clear that this country is going to put its economic interests above human rights.
This, the panelists said, will put more journalists in danger around the world.