President Trump promises "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found - worldwide

Hannah Rogers
October 15, 2018

Official Turkish sources said the men are believed to have killed Mr. Khashoggi and transported his body out of the consulate.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which ranks the kingdom 169th out of 180 on its World Press Freedom Index, said in a statement that between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now detained in Saudi Arabia. "We have nothing to hide", he said in an interview with English-language Bloomberg news network. A flurry of activity is seen outside the residence, with men going in and out, until the van parks in the garage.

"People saw him go in and didn't see him come out". "It's a very serious situation for us and for this White House". "It's a awful thing". "Violence against journalists should be condemned, but at this point, we don't know what happened".

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

"There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said. "And frankly, I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country. Before I discuss this I'd have to find out what happened", he said.

The US president told reporters that he has talked to officials in Saudi Arabia at the highest levels about Khashoggi's disappearance. His disappearance has touched off a diplomatic crisis amid fears that he may have been killed at the behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. "I think she's in shock, now even more", her friend said.

In an op-ed published in The Post on Tuesday, Khashoggi's fiancée implored Trump and the first lady to become involved in the search for answers.

On his first global trip as president, Mr Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $US110 billion in proposed arms sales.

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"What you do have evidence of is that the Saudis have been bombing civilians in Yemen for over a year now", he said.

Khashoggi is a critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince and the nation's de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday evening that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Mr Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia warned on Sunday that it will respond to any "threats" against it as its stock market plunged following United States President Donald Trump's warning of "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations, insisting he left the consulate on his own.

The Sunday statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom said the countries "encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts" and "expect the Saudi government to provide a complete and detailed response".

'I would certainly concerned, ' he said.

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the US was ready to help in any way in the investigation.

In a shocking report Saturday, Reuters cited unnamed Turkish officials as saying Khashoggi had been murdered inside.

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