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The Daily BeastOct 16, 2018
Trump Administration Mulls Punishment for Saudi Leaders Involved in Jamal Khashoggi's Death
Leah Mills/GettySenior officials inside the Departments of State and Treasury are actively discussing plans to exact financial punishment on Saudi Arabia for its role in the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to three people involved in the discussions. The measures, which may include sanctions against the Kingdom's top leaders, could come down the pipeline as early as this week, officials told The Daily Beast.

Staffers and officials, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have met continuously over the course of the last week in an attempt to detail the possible ways the U.S. could punish the Kingdom without negatively impacting the $110 billion dollar Saudi arms deal. President Trump has so far resisted calls by some lawmakers to halt U.S. military aid to the kingdom in light of Khashoggi's disappearance, arguing that nixing the arms deals would hurt American jobs.

"The real trick here is going to be finding a way to take a public stand against the leaders of Saudi while at the same time preserving the financial relationship we have with them," said one official involved in the meetings. "At the end of the day, people are trying to decide whether to view the crown prince as a separate issue that we can sideline or whether his presence and rule is engrained in the ethos of the country."

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