Turkish Media Identifies 15 Saudis Allegedly Involved in Journalist’s Disappearance

Randal Sanchez
October 12, 2018

"We're also confident that he would be transparent with readers about these efforts as they progressed". "So, everything we did to Putin, I want to do to Saudi Arabia".

But in a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump advisor Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday about the matter.

He added, "The Saudis continue to claim that they aren't targeting civilians inside Yemen, but how can we believe them when they apparently just hunted down and murdered an American resident whose only offense was writing critical articles about the Saudi royal family?"

He said his aides have been in contact with Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and hope to set up a meeting with her at the White House. "If they have the ability and also the audacity to go into another country and kill a journalist, these aren't the kind of people maybe that we want to be selling arms to".

'We're going to take a very serious look at it, it's a awful thing, ' Trump said. It's a very bad situation. "We demand to know the truth", he added. "We can't let this happen".

The Trump administration, however, is heavily invested in the long-standing, US relationship with Riyadh.

President Donald Trump has expressed reservations over calls to withhold further USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia as the us looks into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered by his own government.

In the days since Khashoggi disappeared, there has been few signs that the Trump administration was putting pressure on Riyadh to explain what had happened.

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Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said it would be time for the U.S.to rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia if it turned out Khashoggi was lured to his death by the Saudis. Turkish officials say that three of them were members of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's elite close protection unit.

Later during an appearance in the Oval Office, Trump was much more forceful about continuing a deal with Saudi Arabia. "I don't trust them one bit, '" Saffuri said.

Turkish officials believed that 59-year-old Khashoggi, also a Washington Post contributor, was murdered inside the consulate. He visited Saudi Arabia on his first global trip as president, announcing $110bn in proposed arms sales with the Gulf kingdom at the time. Among them was a forensics expert, it says. So far, I'm told, the Saudis haven't been co-operating - hence Ankara releasing the names of the alleged Saudi hit squad on Wednesday.

A detailed Washington Post report cites flight data and security camera footage surrounding the incident.

The Washington Post is reporting, based on USA intelligence intercepts, that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia. He'd been living in the United States in self-imposed exile.

The journalist fled Saudi Arabia and lived in self-imposed exile in the United States, after he grew more critical of Mohammed bin Salman for the war in Yemen and the crown prince's crackdown of dissent in the kingdom. When asked if he would consider blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Trump said that would hurt the United States, citing such deals as a big part of a booming US economy. He left Saudi Arabia previous year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post. Murphy is part of a growing call in Congress to check USA support - which includes aerial refueling and arms sales - amid reports Saudi airstrikes have killed civilians. "It's a certainty", said former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, whose group National Security Action has put together examples of authoritarian leaders mimicking Trump's phrasing.

In an interview Wednesday, Pence said the U.S.is "ready to assist in anyway" in response to questions about sending Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Turkish and Saudi authorities have given conflicting accounts of Khashoggi's disappearance.

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