Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

Yolanda Curtis
October 16, 2018

But CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Mr Khashoggi's death resulted from an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said.

Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who became an independent, said the disappearance and suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are "troubling", but until facts are established, the United States shouldn't destroy its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Saudi authorities had maintained Khashoggi left the consulate the same afternoon of his visit, but provided no evidence to support the claim. "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

Turkish officials say Khashoggi, 59, was killed when he entered the consulate and his body was removed from the country by a Saudi hit team that arrived in Turkey the same day.

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"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to survey hurricane damage in Florida and Georgia.

President Trump talks to reporters outside the White House on Monday about his conversation with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud regarding missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations", the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flying to Saudi Arabia immediately.

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'We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response'.

Saudi Arabia has always been fertile territory for United States defense contractors, an oil-rich kingdom with an appetite for weapons.

The government of Saudi Arabia on Sunday vowed to retaliate with "greater action" if the Trump administration follows through on punishing that country for its alleged involvement in the apparent murder of a dissident earlier this month, Fox News reported.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul during a botched interrogation, CNN reported Monday.

Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, although he has ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia.

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The king phoned Erdogan "to thank the president for welcoming the kingdom's proposal to form a joint working group to discuss the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi". Several business leaders and media outlets have backed out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative. A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why.

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