Trump vows 'severe punishment' if journalist was killed by Saudi Arabia

Rosalie Gross
October 15, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 29, 2011.

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy", the source added, without elaborating.

The writer, who has written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after he walked into the consulate on October 2.

He wrote regular columns for the Washington Post and was highly critical of the Saudi government, especially Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Trump said he would probably speak to Saudi Arabia's King Salman over the weekend "because I think it's appropriate for me to ask him what's going on".

In an interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS's 60 Minutes airing Sunday, Trump called the journalist's suspected murder "really awful and disgusting".

United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told Saudi Arabia Britain wants urgent answers over the reporter's disappearance.

If Trump fails to act, Congress will step in, declared the Florida Republican senator Marco Rubio, a member of the foreign relations and intelligence committees, in an interview on Sunday.

The journalist was once a Saudi government insider, but had gone into self-imposed exile in the USA previous year.

Business barons, including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses like Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the desert".

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Mr Trump has said the fate of Mr Khashoggi was "not looking too good" and he may have been killed.

Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman (center) joins a demonstration outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier earlier this month.

Technology experts say it is highly unlikely the watch could have recorded actions inside the embassy and uploaded them to an iCloud account.

Trump acknowledged the possibility that the Saudis are behind Khashoggi's disappearance, but explained the Saudi government has denied involvement in "every way you can imagine".

The BBC said a joint statement of condemnation was also being discussed by United States and European diplomats if it is confirmed Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents.

This would be the WWE's second show in Saudi Arabia of 2018. The text on the screen from source in Turkish reads: "nine people enter from airport's E Gate on October 2, 2018".

Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

A second person briefed on the recording said men could be heard beating Khashoggi, the report said.

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