Trump Takes More Harsh Tone With Saudis

Marcus Newton
October 25, 2018

"It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups", Trump said.

The Saudi Crown Prince might be implicated in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, US President Donald Trump said.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several United States lawmakers.

Trump called Erdogan's remarks "pretty rough". It's very simple. Bad deal. On Monday, Mr. Trump said he isn't satisfied with what he's heard from the Saudis.

Mr Trump did not give his views on who was ultimately responsible.

Trump told reporters that Erdogan was pretty tough on Saudi Arabia. The remaining three are consulate staff who have been detained in connection with Khashoggi's "ferocious murder". According to two intelligence sources, Mr Qahtani ran the killing by giving orders over Skype.

Turkish authorities claim to have an audio recording that confirms the father-of-four was tortured, killed and had his fingers cut off. "A new low, even by the medieval standards of this barbaric crown prince", he tweeted.

He described cooperation between Riyadh and Ankara as "special" despite fierce criticism from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his aides.

The State Department will hold those individuals accountable by revoking their visas or making the ineligible to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., Pompeo said.

Turkish police searched the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, and the consul general's residence as well as hunting for evidence in an Istanbul forest. It was not clear what was in the suitcases.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives to attend the second day of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh.

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"Believe the numbers, don't believe me".

Mr Trump also said U.S. intelligence officials, including CIA director Gina Haspel, were returning from Turkey and Saudi Arabia with information about the case. "We knew that if we wanted to tackle sustainability we needed wind in our sails".

He said Saudi Arabia and Turkey would work together to complete the investigations.

Many global business leaders and officials had pulled out of attending the gathering in the wake of the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi goes to the Saudi consulate for marriage-related paperwork. He was told he would need to return later to collect the documents.

Saudi teams in consulate vehicles scouted out Istanbul's Belgrad Forest before killing the journalist, Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse is still unknown.

The officers had removed the hard drive from the security cameras in the consulate before inviting the journalist there, he added.

She said the High Court ruled past year that British arms exports to Saudi were legal, but noted that Britain kept all licenses "under review".

Meanwhile, Pence said he wants "to assure the American people that we're going to get to the bottom of it". Consulate personnel were given the day off.

Mr Erdogan said Riyadh's suggestion it was a rogue operation "will not satisfy us" and said there should be no diplomatic immunity for his killers.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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