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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin won't attend investors summit in Saudi Arabia

Thursday - 18/10/2018 13:41
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he told Saudi Arabia's rulers that the U.S. takes "very seriously" the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he will nix his trip to a summit in Saudi Arabia amid increasing pressure on the Trump administration to distance itself from the royal family over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Just met with @realDonaldTrump and @SecPompeo and we have decided, I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia," Mnuchin tweeted.

The Trump administration previously resisted calls from lawmakers in both parties to cancel Mnuchin's planned attendance to the glitzy investors conference, known as "Davos in the Desert." Other American business leaders and foreign officials began pulling out of the summit a week ago amid mounting evidence that the Saudi regime was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance

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