Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Thursday that he will pull out of a major economic conference being hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman next week in Riyadh, amid tension over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The decision for Mnuchin to skip the conference is the toughest signal the administration has taken against Saudi Arabia and comes after nearly a week of speculation over whether he would go to Riyadh.
Mnuchin had come under pressure in recent days from Republican members of the Foreign Relations Committee to skip the conference over the Khashoggi case.
Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Saudi journalist, went missing earlier in October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say he was murdered by Saudi operatives inside the consulate, though his death has not been confirmed.
BY ALEXANDER BOLTON – 10/18/18