Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Trump Backs Away From Crown Prince, Tells Advisers He Barely Knows Him

Trump Backs Away From Crown Prince, Tells Advisers He Barely Knows Him

Mr Pompeo said that he recommended President Trump give the Saudis and Turks "a few more days" to investigate.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that, during their recent conversation, the Saudi king firmly denied allegations that he or his crown prince had any knowledge of or role in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Trump's getting some criticism for his bold soft-on-murder stance, but some people still have his back", Colbert said, showing a clip of televangelist Pat Robertson "downplaying Khashoggi's murder and prioritizing the financial benefit of siding with Saudi Arabia", notably when it comes to arms sales.

"We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced".

However, Saudi Arabia says reports on Mr Khashoggi's death are "completely false and baseless" and that it is "open to co-operation" to find out what happened.

His disappearance and likely death has caused an global outcry and strained relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States and European countries.

Benjamin H. Friedman, a senior fellow at Defense Priorities and an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, said actions like the withdrawal from the Riyadh summit will be a blow to the Saudis, but likely not enough to get a satisfactory result. The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you return to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!" But we'll see what happens'. "It is out of the question for us to share this or that information with any country", he said, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Khashoggi, a longtime Saudi critic, has not been seen publicly since he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Turkish officials have said he was murdered and dismembered within the building by Saudi agents who were waiting for him to arrive. "We know all the details about what transpired, '" said Kislakci.

'We'll be making a statement, a very strong statement'.

Pompeo told reporters that he had just briefed the president on his visit to Ankara and Riyadh, where both the Saudi and Turkish governments reiterated their commitments to a full investigation.

On Friday, Turkey's pro-government Sabah newspaper printed more surveillance camera photographs allegedly showing members of a Saudi team that was brought in to Turkey to dispose of Khashoggi.

'Friends, loved ones, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that's a casket.

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