Trump sending Pompeo 'immediately' to meet Saudi king over missing journalist

Gladys Abbott
October 15, 2018

Speaking on Twitter, Mr Trump said: "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened "to our Saudi Arabian citizen".

After President Donald Trump played canary in the coal mine for them, the Saudi royal family is getting ready to acknowledge this evening that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul during an interrogation/kidnap gone wrong.

"His voice was a headache for the Saudi government", said Abdulaziz.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. "If Khashoggi was killed or harmed or whatever, bad outcome.he [Trump] will take action", Kudlow told Fox News. "The US is the dominant energy player". Analysts also say other American and European companies might follow suit, which could ultimately trigger a decline in capital flows between the U.S. and the oil-rich kingdom.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Mr Trump said.

Asked when the public prosecutor could make an announcement, the official said: "He was instructed to work quickly".

Despite the mass withdrawals from the private sector, Mnuchin confirmed Friday that he plans to attend, saying he wanted to visit the Terrorism Finance Targeting Center, which is based in Saudi Arabia.

The Turkish Government has also told the Trump Administration that it possesses audio recordings of what occurred inside the consulate that day - evidence that USA officials said supports the conclusion that Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.

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Aldakhil added that Saudi arms purchases from the USA and other trade could be at risk as well. "Arms sales are important not because of the money but because it also provides leverage over their future behaviour".

But Trump, who has frequently boasted about his business ties with the kingdom, suggested during the CBS interview that ending USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia would not be an option, saying, "I don't want to hurt jobs".

The Center for Islamic Call for Latin America and the Caribbean expressed its condemnation of the campaign against Saudi Arabia.

US senators called for reactions ranging from boycotting an upcoming economic summit in Riyadh to ending support for Saudi military operations in Yemen. "We are following the situation closely, and unless a substantially different set of facts emerges, I won't be attending the FII conference in Riyadh".

It's unclear, however, whether Saudi Arabia would be willing to unilaterally cut production. The writer had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year. The letter triggered an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has reviewed the USA intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, has said: "The likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate".

Several Republicans and Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee sent a letter to Trump requesting he "make a determination on the imposition of sanctions ... with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi".

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