Trump says ‘rogue killers’ may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

Ruben Ruiz
October 16, 2018

The Saudi government on Sunday suggested retaliation if the US were to impose strict measures.

President Donald Trump said that country could face "severe punishment" if Khashoggi, a legal resident of the US, was killed inside the consulate.

Kudlow said changing circumstances could still affect Mnuchin's decision. So we're going to have to see.

"Please be advised that the reception for the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 18, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm has been canceled", said the email, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.

Billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal - who was among those temporarily detained as part of what Saudi authorities said was an anti-corruption crackdown - tweeted an image of the Saudi flag Sunday in support of the ruling family, saying: "God, then the king, then the nation".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Salman on Sunday discussed forming a joint working group to look into the disappearance of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials believe was murdered by Saudi agents October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He said that Saudi Arabia had made investments in hotels, manufacturing and real estate in the USA and that cutting these would "hurt the U.S. economy significantly".

There's not enough money in the world for us to buy back our credibility on human rights if we do not move forward and take swift action. "But we want to find out what happened and he's got instructions to find out what happened". "Arms sales are important not because of the money but because it also provides leverage over their future behavior", he added.

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Khashoggi, a Saudi-born writer who contributed to the Washington Post, was highly critical of the crown prince's government and has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for a year because of fears he would be arrested in a crackdown on dissidents. American lawmakers have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis, and Germany, France and Britain jointly called for a "credible investigation" into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Next week's glittering economic conference in Riyadh is meant to showcase the best of modern Saudi Arabia.

The crown prince, ambitious, aggressive and just 33 in a kingdom long ruled by aging monarchs, has considerable weight in Saudi government actions.

The Saudi Gazette trumpeted: "Enough Is Enough", while the Arab News said: "Saudi Arabia "will not be bullied".

Unverified clams by the pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah suggested that the country's authorities had audio from inside of the embassy recorded by Mr Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

The kingdom says the allegations are "baseless" but has offered no evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

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