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Trump calls Saudi Arabia's handling of Khashoggi killing 'worst cover-up ever'

24 October, 2018, 07:30 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
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Speaking on Tuesday at the Oval Office, the USA leader criticised the country's long-term ally for one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

"Where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, when they thought about it", he continued. Somebody really messed up.

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi, 59, was killed in a fight in the consulate.

While Mr Trump has ramped up his criticisms of Saudi officials, he has also highlighted the kingdom's importance as a USA ally.

And in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday evening, the president, asked about Prince Mohammed's possible involvement in the killing, said, "he's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

Trump told reporters that Erdogan was pretty tough on Saudi Arabia.

Pompeo also said that the State Department is working with the U.S. Treasury to review if Global Magnitsky Act sanctions could be applied to those involved.

'We are making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, with violence, ' Mr Pompeo said.

CIA Director Gina Haspel arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to work on the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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Turkish state media said that investigators found three suitcases, a laptop computer and clothing inside a auto belonging to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Riyadh says Khashoggi was accidentally choked during a rendition attempt that went wrong, and his body was rolled up in a rug and given to a third party. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience", he said.

"President Erdogan's statement this morning underscores the fact there remain questions which only the Saudis have the answers to", Prime Minster Theresa May's spokesman said.

The son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shaken hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the man accused of orchestrating his father's killing.

On Monday, Kushner said he had told the crown prince: "Just to be transparent, to be fully transparent".

Turkish state media said investigators found three suitcases, a laptop computer and clothing inside a vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate. "Why is the body of a person who has officially been accepted as killed still not around?"

Mr Trump said the Khashoggi matter was handled badly by Saudi officials.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government and Washington Post columnist, went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "I haven't gotten a full recap, as you know I have people in Turkey, and I have people in Saudi Arabia and other places, and they are all coming back as we speak, they are heading back".

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