Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

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Also Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the king and crown prince in Riyadh and said the Saudis had already started a "serious and credible investigation" and seemed to suggest it could lead to people within the kingdom.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed - a claim Saudi Arabia has denied - with the controversy dealing a huge blow to the prince's efforts to showcase a reform drive and burnish the kingdom's image.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his G7 counterparts have said they are "very troubled" by the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and insist those responsible must be held to account.

The Washington Post has previously cited unnamed U.S. and Turkish officials pointing to audio and video recordings that supposedly prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and was then dismembered.

On Tuesday, Saudi's consul general reportedly left Turkey hours after it was announced his official residence would be searched in connection with the journalist's disappearance. He said directly that United States punishment "depends [on] whether or not the king or the crown prince knew about it".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made "rounded" statements against Saudi Arabia rather than directly pointing the finger at Mohammed or his father, King Salman, Cagaptay said.

"Records show that two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi crown prince and Interior Ministry arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance", the story added.

He said Saudi Arabia originally pledged its contribution in August, and USA officials were expecting to receive it by the fall.

Saudi Arabia has responded to Western statements by saying it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions "with greater action", and Arab allies rallied to support it, setting up a potential showdown between the world's top oil exporter and its main Western allies.

Later, at the White House, he reiterated that there would be "powerful consequences" for Saudi Arabia. "Who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon".

The disclosure comes as Turkish authorities work to substantiate publicly its allegations against Saudi Arabia before the Saudis issue a much-anticipated public explanation for his disappearance.

Overnight, Donald Trump compared the growing global condemnation of Saudi Arabia's alleged part in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance to his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being accused of sexual assault.

No details have been released, but afterwards Mr Cavusoglu said they are hoping investigators will be able to gain access to the residence later on Wednesday.

A number of high-profile business, media and finance executives have bowed out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi affair.

What has Prince Mohammed said?

CNN reporters covering the meeting say it lasted no longer than 15 minutes.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", he said. The officials were not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

"This guy has got to go", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, speaking on Fox television.

Turkish officials say they fear that Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who had been in living self-imposed exile in the United States, was killed and dismembered after he entered the consulate.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his counterparts from France and Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, said they have "grave concerns" about the situation.



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