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President Trump on Tuesday referred to the Middle East as a "nasty part of the world" while addressing both the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and human rights abuses committed by Iran.
The president made the comments amid a growing crisis over the death of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials say was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier in October. His death has led to calls from Republicans and Democrats alike to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and end a $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
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While discussing the crisis on Tuesday, he pointed to the various human rights abuses committed by Iran, a longtime foe of Saudi Arabia.
"And if you look at the other side, Iran, you look at what they've done to people, vicious, horrible," the president told reporters in the Oval Office.
Excuse - Saudi - Arabia - No - Excuse
"And that's no excuse for what happened with Saudi Arabia. No excuse whatsoever," Trump said, regarding Iran's human rights abuses. "But you take a look, it's a rough part of the world. It's a nasty place. It's a nasty part of the world."
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