GOP Sen. Sasse: Ending arms sales to Saudis 'should be on the table'
"We don't do arms sales for the purposes of the profits from arms sales. We do arms sales because we want to be allied with different countries around the globe that believe in our values and have a long-term sense of what we're up to together and why we have that alliance," Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
"(The) Saudis got a lot of explaining to do," he said.
US arms sales to the Saudis have become a topic of debate in recent days as the investigation into Khashoggi's death has called into question the US' relationship with the country.
On Friday, the Saudis admitted the death of Khashoggi, saying it happened after a fistfight involving more than a dozen Saudi officials at the country's consulate in Istanbul. President Donald Trump, responding to the news, said he would work with Congress to develop a response to Khashoggi's death, but said that he didn't want sanctions to affect US arms sales to the kingdom.
"I would prefer if there is going to be some form of sanctions -- this was a lot of people they're talking about ... I would prefer we don't use as retribution (canceling) $110 billion worth of work," the President told reporters in Arizona.
On Sunday, Sasse told Tapper that arms sales "are always means to an end. They're not the end."
"The end is the American idea. And the end is stability in the world so that problems abroad don't come home to roost for us," he said.
Sasse also said that he doesn't believe Saudi Arabia's explanation of Khashoggi's death.
"I think the cover stories from the Saudis are a mess" he said. "You don't bring a bone saw to an accidental fist fight."
Sasse previously told CNN that the disappearance of Khashoggi will not be "swept under the rug," and that he believes there should be an "international investigation" into what happened.
Trump casts Democrats as 'angry, ruthless, unhinged mob' in Nevada ahead of midterm elections
The President, in an effort to galvanize voters ahead of next month's midterm elections, held one of his signature Make America Great Again rallies in Elko, Nevada, where he sought to outline the differences between the GOP and Democrats, particularly on the issue of immigration.
"The Democrats don't care about what their extremist immigration agenda will do to your communities, to your hospitals -- what about your hospitals and to your schools," Trump said. "The Democrats don't care that a flood of illegal immigration will bankrupt our country."
In an attempt to paint Democrats as unfit to govern, the President described the party in no uncertain terms, telling the crowd: "The Democrat party has become an angry, ruthless, unhinged mob determined to get power by any means necessary."
"The choice for every American could not be more clear," he said.
Trump also used the rally as an opportunity to speak about the caravan of migrants headed for the Southern border, telling supporters that, "The Democrats want caravans. They like the caravans."
The President highlighted the scene from Friday of migrants crossing a bridge leading to Mexico.
"Did anybody see that bridge over the weekend?" Trump asked the crowd. "I mean, is that an incredible situation? It's sad. And it's sad, honestly; it's sad from both sides. It's sad from their side also."
He said that his administration is "going to figure it out" and that he's "already figured it out," but didn't elaborate on what the administration is doing to stop the caravan from entering the US, instead telling the crowd that he would keep it "low-key" until after the election.
Trump also stumped for Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is fighting to maintain control of his seat from his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, whom he called "Wacky Jacky" at the rally as he has done in the past.
"That's what we need ... we need a wacky Jacky in Congress," he joked.
In a Saturday tweet, Trump said that Heller was a "good friend" and that he needs the senator's "Help and Talent in Washington." The two previously had an icy relationship, which Trump acknowledged in September when he campaigned for Heller in Las Vegas.
"We weren't friends. I didn't like him and he didn't like me," he said of their initial relationship. "And as we fought and fought and fought, believe it or not, we started to respect each other, then we started to like each other, then we started to love each other."
At Saturday's rally, the President lampooned political correctness, calling it "a crazy phenomenon that's going on" and expressed regret at how closely his language is watched.
He told supporters that he expected some backlash for referring to women as "beautiful" at another MAGA rally he held Friday in Arizona.
"Last night, last night in Arizona we had, you never saw so many people. I said, 'I want to thank the great men that are here, and I want to thank the beautiful women everyone beautiful, everyone,'" he said.
"And I said, 'Ugh, I better apologize, because if I don't, for calling you beautiful, because if I don't apologize they will go wild tomorrow, headlines Donald Trump called women beautiful,' they all say 'please call me beautiful,'" he said. "It is a crazy phenomenon that's going on."
The President's Nevada stop comes fewer than 24 hours after his Arizona rally, where he also spoke at length about Democrats and immigration.
"Democrats believe our country should be a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens," he said, while "Republicans believe our country should be a sanctuary for law abiding Americans."
On Monday, the President will head to Texas to campaign for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.