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WATCH: Trump says maintaining Saudi Arabia deals puts ‘America first’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the CIA never made a determination about who killed Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi. He says intelligence officials never had anything “definitive.”

Trump was questioned at the White House about his decision not to further punish Saudi Arabia for the death of the U.S.-based columnist for The Washington Post, who had been critical of the kingdom.

He said oil prices would “skyrocket” if the U.S. made a “terrible mistake” to break with Saudi Arabia. Trump said he was not going to “destroy” the world’s economy by being “foolish with Saudi Arabia,” adding that the United States needs Riyadh as a counterbalance to Iran.

He says he’s focused on “putting America first.”