Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said that President Donald Trump's campaign against the media "gave the green light" for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Clooney, who has represented journalists detained in countries like Egypt and Azerbaijan, linked Trump's rhetoric about the media to the killing of the Washington Post journalist.

Clooney attacked Trump while speaking at a UN Correspondents Association ceremony in New York on Wednesday, where she was given an award.

"The US president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the enemy of the people," she said.

Trump has repeatedly referred to the press as the enemy of the people and has embraced chants against news outlets at his rallies.

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