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Albert R. Hunt

Saudi Prince Can’t Just Wait for Khashoggi Scandal to Fade

A savvy U.S. analyst who has doubted Mohammed bin Salman from the start says the kingdom will remain “toxic” as long as he retains power.

Why is this man smiling?

Why is this man smiling?

Photographer: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is miscalculating that the scandal over his role in the murder of a Washington Post columnist will fade away, starting with his presence this weekend at the G-20 meeting of global leaders in Argentina.

“He’ll have his picture with world leaders and say, ‘See, it’s all coming back to normal,’” said Bruce Riedel, a leading U.S. expert on the Middle East. "He’s wrong. Saudi Arabia and MBS now are toxic, and will be as long as he’s in power."