US President Donald Trump has admitted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may or may not, have known about the plan to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The CIA says Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, ordered the killing. But Trump contradicted the intelligence agency, saying that it was not a definitive determination before saying "it would be foolish to take action against Riyadh".

Any action, according to Trump, would threaten lucrative weapons deals and push the price of oil up.

"It's America First," said Trump in a statement. But it might not be that simple as all eyes are now on the US Congress to see what it will do.

So, is it America first? Or justice last? And what is next for the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia? 

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Mohamad Elmasry, associate professor of journalism at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Sigurd Neubauer, Middle East analyst and columnist

Cinzia Bianco, senior analyst and researcher at Gulf State Analytics

Source: Al Jazeera News