Trump inaugural committee chair defends Saudi Arabia

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The man who led President Donald Trump's inaugural committee says America is in no moral position to criticize Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).

Tom Barrack says that whatever happened with the death of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, "the atrocities in America are equal, or worse."

Barrack spoke Tuesday at a forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His remarks were reported by Dubai's daily English newspaper, Gulf News. The report said Barrack strongly defended Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom is misunderstood by the West.