Despite the Central Intelligence Agency conclusion, he said, "we may never know all the facts surrounding the murder of Mr JamalKhashoggi".
In a farcical statement about the killing - strewn with superfluous exclamation points - the president lashed out at Iran and repeated bogus Saudi talking points about Khashoggi being an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
US President Donald Trump has been facing increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia before the expected release of an official report into Khashoggi's murder.
However, with The New York Times reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency has definitively concluded that Prince Mohammed was involved, the focus turned to whether Trump would punish his Saudi partner or find a way to let it slide. The statement comes ahead of the planned release of the Trump's administration Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, reportedly early next year.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the move was "coordinated very closely with" states France and Britain and the broader EU.
"At the time of Khashoggi's killing, these individuals occupied positions in the royal court and several ministries and offices of the government of Saudi Arabia", Pompeo said in a statement. "Perhaps we're also responsible for the California fires, because we didn't help rake the forests - just like the Finns do?"
The president, in a statement released by the White House, indicated he had no intention of cancelling military contracts with Riyadh, saying, "if we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russian Federation and China would be the enormous beneficiaries".
Khashoggi was then taken to the "B unit", or the administrative area of the consulate where the group is joined by three more people.
Trump added: "My decision is in no way based on that".
The resort development's masterplan, approved by its board, also was presented to the King in the reception as the first project within Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve to become a global destination in the luxury tourism sector.
USA national security adviser John Bolton said earlier he didn't think the tape implicated the crown prince.
Trump then called the crimes against Khashoggi "terrible" as he laid out what actions the USA has taken to punish those who participated in the torture and murder - like sanctions against 17 Saudis - before appearing to side with Saudi officials who have tagged Khashoggi as an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"That is not the conclusion that the people who have heard it have come to", Bolton said.
In addition, he claimed that Turkey is trying to "gain economic benefits by blackmailing Riyadh", stating that Ankara "has violated diplomatic conventions by spying on the Saudi consulate".
"They're going to try to do it because they want to embarrass the president", he said.
Candles lit by activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalistJamal Khashoggi, placed outside the Saudi Arabia Consulate during a candlelight vigil in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 25, 2018.
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