Q: So yesterday the CIA director briefed some senators on the Khashoggi investigation. And Senator Lindsey Graham was very critical and he said ...
SEC. MATTIS: Very what?
Q: Do -- do you think that -- that what has been learned about Khashoggi's death is grounds for any U.S. action regarding the Saudi Crown Prince?
SEC. MATTIS: Any U.S. action about Saudi ...
SEC. MATTIS: Yes. First of all, as you know, we've already sanctioned -- a number have been identified within probably days -- a couple days, we were well underway of reviewing among a number of international nations,
We believe in accountability for whoever was directly involved in the Khashoggi murder or who directed the Khashoggi murder. That is from beginning -- my first statements publicly, I have not waivered at all.
But in my role in the executive branch, I need to have a specific. There is sincere -- there are sincere, studious people who are drawing different conclusions.
Q: Are you saying that you have not seen that evidence -- you have not seen that evidence yet to persuade you?
Q: Sure -- talking about extending the deployment to down there until the end of January or through the end of January. Do you have any concerns about how this is going to affect troop readiness?
Yes, go ahead.
Q: So, I mean, you're kind of withdrawing troops, I mean really kind of go withdrawing troops. I mean we're really kind of going from 5,800 to 4,000, 3,500 federal?
Q: One -- one other thing I wanted to ask about it. The INF Treaty that … that yesterday it was -- it was announced that...
SEC. MATTIS: (off mic)
[Aside] Oh, you're getting blinded, young man.