Trump says he isn't giving Saudis cover over Khashoggi situation

Ivan Schwartz
October 17, 2018

Pressure is growing on Saudi Arabia to give a full explanation of what happened to him.

Earlier on Tuesday Police claimed to have found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, before the Saudi consul made a sudden departure from a Turkish airport.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey should "reveal everything" they know about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, a top United Nations human rights official has said while demanding a "thorough and impartial" probe into the whereabouts of the dissident Saudi journalist.

What has come out of the Pompeo meeting?

He has told the media that Riyadh was being treated as "guilty until proven innocent", adding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate.

Pompeo said the Saudis would investigate and hold themselves accountable, but Saudi's royal family is notoriously opaque.

"My assessment from these meetings is that there is a serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials", Pompeo said in a statement.

Mr Pompeo is expected in Turkey later. "No matter how good a lie sounds, I don't think people can accept it when they know it's a lie".

Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom over the case.

"The president is willingly and knowingly doing the counter messaging for the Saudi kingdom", noted Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller in a tweet on Tuesday.

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Pompeo arrived in Ankara after talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh.

But privately, others are now questioning whether the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the man once hailed as a visionary saviour of Saudi Arabia, has gone too far.

What are United States media reporting?

He went missing two weeks ago after going to the Saudi...

The source said the timing of the two events is no accident. Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump for using the term "rogue killers". Asked whether he discussed potential ramifications if top Saudi officials are implicated, he said, "We talked about the importance of completing the investigation". She and Turkish authorities say he never emerged and he has not been heard from since.

The Turkish investigators, some wearing overalls, gloves and covered shoes. stayed for about nine hours, leaving in the early hours of Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on October 15, 2018.

What allegedly happened in Istanbul?

Turkish crime-scene investigators entered the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul on Wednesday to search for evidence in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, just as a pro-government newspaper published a gruesome recounting of his alleged slaying. The statement would pin blame on intelligence officials rather than Saudi leaders, alleging that an interrogation attempt had gone wrong and Khashoggi, who is a US resident and an opinion writer at the Washington Post, was killed without authorization.

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