Smile, Say "Guilty!": Secretary of State Mike Pompeo All Smiles at Meeting with MBS as Trump's Business Dealings with Saudi Arabia Come to Light

The Trump Administration continues to push a "wait-and-see" response to mounting evidence against Saudi leadership in the disappearance and presumed murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.New developments, as reported by the New York Times, allege that at least 9 men, out of the 15-member Saudi "hit squad" believed to have carried out the interrogation and detention of Khashoggi, have direct ties to the Saudi government. One of the suspected members, pointed out by the Times, has frequently been seen with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in several different countries, including the United States.Three other members have been linked to the Crown Prince's security detail; and one other member, an autopsy expert.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia, early yesterday morning, to meet with MBS and his father, King Salman, and discuss the allegations. The leadership reiterated their firm denial of any knowledge of the fate of Khashoggi. Pompeo's friendly and smiley disposition with MBS drew criticism from several media outlets based on the stark contrast to the grave accusations brought against Saudi Arabia.President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been hesitant and reluctant to decry the country. Trump was quoted, yesterday, in an interview with The Associated Press, saying, in part, "You know, here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent. I don't like that."Later in the interview, "I will say they were very strong in their denial about themselves knowing."The President has maintained, as recently as yesterday in a tweet, that he has no financial ties to Saudi Arabia; but, The Washington Post, in reporting published last week, uncovered several real estate transactions between Trump and members of Saudi leadership, including a total of $270,000 sunk into the Trump International Hotel by Saudi Arabia.Also, this morning, Mika and the panel delve into Trump's ugly and derisive rhetoric when responding to women who challenge him. His latest jab comes at the expense of Stormy Daniels, calling her, in a tweet, "Horseface."And, Steve Kornacki joins us to break down the second, and contentious, debate in the closely-matched Texas Senate race between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke; and, how President Trump will react if the GOP loses the House majority, this November.It's Wednesday, October 17th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe. 

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