Trump says American investigators are in Turkey

Trump says American investigators are in Turkey

Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in his disappearance.

The Washington Post reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered an "operation" against government supporter-turned-critic Jamal Khoshoggi, which would see him lured back to the kingdom and arrested.

Longtime diplomat Aaron David Miller, who has negotiated Middle East policy on behalf of multiple administrations, tweeted following Khashoggi's death: 'If Saudis were involved in Jamal's death or disappearance, that's obviously on them.

Pro-government Turkish media published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men who allegedly made a mysterious one-day trip to Istanbul on private jets on the day that Mr Khashoggi vanished at the Saudi consulate. We want to see what is going on.

Trump told reporters a day earlier that he had raised Khashoggi's case with Saudi Arabia "at the highest level" and a few times in recent days, and said he and his wife expect to invite Cengiz to the White House soon.

The US president told reporters at the White House on Thursday that blocking US arms sales to Riyadh would simply push the Saudi government to buy weapons from Russian Federation and China. We don't get paid for this protection. He went in, and it doesn't look like he came out.

He said earlier on "Fox & Friends" that "we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey" and with Saudi Arabia on the case, but he provided no evidence or elaboration.

"Nobody knows what happened", he said. We can't let this happen, ' Trump said.

The Magnitsky Law requires the president to act on requests for investigations by the leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The Khashoggi incident might make it very hard for the Trump administration to win congressional approval for arms sales to the Saudis.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has also spoken out on the Khashoggi case, saying that if reports of his murder are true, it should "represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia". The fallout could reshape alliances in the region, where the seeking to stabilize Syria, contain Iranian weapon development and support a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war.

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"There's a sense of entitlement, I hate to use the word, arrogance, that comes with dealing with them", said Sen.

She said he did not think the Saudis could force him to stay at the consulate, adding: 'He did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil. One of the men is said to be a senior Saudi forensic official.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz wrote an op-ed imploring Trump and the first lady to help, and has written a letter to the White House has gotten the pair's attention.

Turkish officials said they suspect the Washington Post contributor was killed at the Saudi Consulate and that his body was later removed from the building.

State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino earlier insisted that the United States had no forewarning of any concrete threat to Khashoggi.

The journalist fled Saudi Arabia and lived in self-imposed exile in the USA, after he grew more critical of Mohammed bin Salman for the war in Yemen and the crown prince's crackdown of dissent in the kingdom.

Global pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia, a close US ally and a leading oil exporter, about the disappearance of Khashoggi, who entered the consulate to get documents for his planned marriage.

Asked about the invitation, Cengiz told Turkish state broadcaster TRT on Thursday: "I am not thinking anything on this subject at the moment". "But I don't want to rush to judgment", Corker said on Tuesday.

Khashoggi is a prominent Saudi journalist who was living in a self-imposed exile.

Khashoggi disappeared a week ago after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The first plane of nine Saudis arrived from Riyadh around 3:30 a.m. that day, and included an individual described as a forensics official, according to the Sabah newspaper.

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