Saudis deny role in journalist’s disappearance


October 15, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Secretary Pompeo Meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: U.S. Department of State

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said today he had spoken with Saudi Arabia’s king, who “denies any knowledge” of what happened to the Saudi journalist who disappeared after entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Trump said he had dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the region.

What did happen to Jamal Khashoggi, according to the king? Trump said, “He didn’t really know. Maybe I don’t want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers — I mean, who knows?”

Trump has been under pressure to take action on the suspected murder of journalist Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who has been living and writing in the United States, including columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Turkish officials say that they believe Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi after he entered the consulate and that Turkey has audio and video recordings of it.

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