Saudi stocks drop after Trump threat over missing writer

Frederick Owens
October 14, 2018

In a "60 Minutes" interview, President Donald Trump said the incident was "being investigated" and warned that "there will be severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was involved with Khashoggi's death. The interview airs Sunday at 7:30 PM ET/PT on CBS. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The statement was made amid Turkish media speculation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman allegedly sought to bring Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia and detain him there.

Turkish officials claim they have evidence that the journalist was secretly murdered by Saudi agents.

However, the de-facto Saudi ruler's regime has also been linked to the suspected killing of the government critic at the consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.

"He'd given it to her as she waited outside the consulate, telling her who to call if he didn't come out of the building", the report said, adding all the conversations of the Saudi executioners were recorded in this file".

However, it puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Mr Khashoggi, who has written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after he walked into the consulate on October 2.

The evening's backdrop: the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

Turkey's top diplomat has reiterated a call to Saudi Arabia to allow Turkish authorities to enter the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul for an investigation on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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At the same time, Trump also asserts that he doesn't want to halt a planned sale of arms and military equipment to the Saudis because of the impact on US manufacturers.

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Trump also said "we would be punishing ourselves" by canceling arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which his administration touted on his first overseas trip.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said: "This is a brazen assault on the freedom of the press and a slap in the face to the United States, if this murder occurred as it seems it did".

Trump: Well I'll tell you what I don't want to do. USA officials say they are seeking answers from the Saudi government and are not yet accepting the Turkish government's conclusions.

The US president said he was "very upset and angry" about the case and indicated that he was not fully convinced by the Saudis' repeated claims of innocence.

Khashoggi's disappearance has put pressure on President Donald Trump, who has enjoyed close relations with the Saudis since entering office.

"The Saudi economy has vital and influential roles for the global economy", the source told SPA.

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