Mnuchin to Visit Saudi Arabia to Strengthen Iran Policy

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is heading to Saudi Arabia on Monday to build support for a pressure campaign against Iran despite growing calls for sanctions against Saudi leaders over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mnuchin confirmed the trip Sunday in comments to reporters in Jerusalem, saying that he will attend an anti-terrorism finance meeting in Riyadh alongside Saudi government officials. “I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin was quoted as saying by Reuters. “It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” he said, echoing earlier comments by President Trump.