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Mnuchin Notes Ties to Saudis After Journalist's Killing

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin emphasized the importance of the U.S.’s economic ties with Saudi Arabia, reinforcing the priorities the Trump administration set after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom’s leadership, was killed inside its Istanbul consulate.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Saudi that dates back to a long period of time,” Mnuchin said to reporters in Jerusalem, the first stop on a six-country Middle East swing that will include a visit to Riyadh.