DC think tank declines Saudi money amid Khashoggi controversy

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

Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia since prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident, Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi policies, went missing.

The Saudi Arabian government is preparing to a release a report claiming Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed as a result of a botched interrogation, CNN reports. Meanwhile, Trump sent the U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh to meet King Samlan. "All they're going to do is give it to other countries, and I think that would be very foolish".

"The evidence that there was some kind of operation seems strong, so to admit to nothing won't be seen as credible", Hertog said. Trump added the United States "would be very upset and angry if that were the case".

Trump also announced he'd dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Kingdom - and anywhere else necessary - to get to the bottom of the suspected murder of Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

Trump has said repeatedly he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have suggested - because it would harm the US economically.

Handshake: US President Donald Trump with and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh in May a year ago.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against threats to punish it over last week's disappearance of Khashoggi, as European leaders piled on pressure.

"It sounded like he, and also the Crown Prince, had no knowledge", he said.

In protest of Khashoggi's disappearance, several USA businesses leaders have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", after the annual meeting of world economic interests in Switzerland.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, went missing in Turkey on October 2.

Saudi officials have called all the allegations "baseless", but have offered no evidence the journalist left the consulate. The Washington Post reported evidence has been shared with US authorities. The affair has created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West and led to global firms pulling out of a high-profile summit in Riyadh.

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

A Saudi source said on Monday that the Crown Prince has ordered an internal investigation of the disappearance.

The White House said it expected Saudi Arabia to carry out "a swift and transparent" investigation "this week".

"Listen I am concerned", he said.

In Washington, Mr Trump suggested that "rogue killers" were behind Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

The two countries agreed last week to work together on the case and conduct a joint search in the consulate, where Khashoggi was last seen on October 2.

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