Biden news -live: President won’t punish MBS for Khashoggi murder as he meets emergency workers in Texas

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<p>US President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott listen to officials at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center in Houston, Texas.</p> (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott listen to officials at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center in Houston, Texas.

(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A declassified report from US intelligence says that the Crown Prince approved a 2018 operation to capture or kill Mr Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The report was made public as the president visited Texas to meet emergency workers and see the clean-up effort after the record-breaking winter storm in the state.

The US president and first lady, Jill Biden, flew to Houston for the their first trip to a major disaster site since Mr Biden took office a little over a month ago.

Severe winter weather across the South over Valentine’s Day weekend battered multiple states, with Texas bearing the brunt of unseasonably frigid conditions that caused widespread power outages and frozen pipes that burst and flooded homes. Millions of residents lost heat and running water.

It comes as the former Trump administration chief-of-staff Mark Meadows warned the Republican Party the current favourites to be the GOP presidential candidate in 2024 “all have Trump as their last name”.

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