President Donald Trump’s allies in the House and conservative media are working to spread misleading information about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an effort to "protect President Trump from criticism", according Axios.
Citing a Washington Post article, Axios said the president’s staunch supporters are trying to shield Trump from those who might criticize his handling of the situation, which has been viewed by some as insufficient.
What information is being pushed?
> They're sharing articles from right-wing outlets which focus on Khashoggi's past connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, and "raising conspiratorial questions" about his interactions with Osama bin Laden, whom he covered as a journalist. This comes at the times as Saudi government supporters have worked to tie Khashoggi to the Muslim Brotherhood on Twitter, the Post reports.
> Many of Trump's supporters, who are typically cautious of media and establishment Republicans, have voiced concern over damaging ties with the Saudis over Khashoggi's alleged murder and dismemberment. Per the Post, Trump aides "are being careful to not encourage the disparagement but are also doing little to contest it."