Trump defers to Congress on USA response to writer’s death

Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi

The shocking revelation comes on the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Khashoggi's "ferocious murder" had been "planned", rejecting the Saudi explanation of his death occurring due to a brawl within the consular premises.

A Reuters witness said a Saudi team accompanied the Turkish investigators as they carried out the search in a auto park where the vehicle was found in Istanbul's Sultangazi district on Monday. It's very simple. Bad deal.

After denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said he was killed during a fight inside its Istanbul consulate.

Mr Trump spoke on Sunday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of Saudi King Salman.

Erdogan said the Saudis used a "body double" as a decoy after Khashoggi was killed.

Trump called Erdogan's remarks "pretty rough".

"I know that from a certain standpoint, you can also say, well, it doesn't matter, because it is a awful thing".

Several countries, including Germany, Britain, France and Turkey, have pressed Riyadh to provide all the facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted. "And they had the worst cover-up ever", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Tuesday.

Visa records are considered confidential and Pompeo did not say which or how many Saudi officials would have their visas revoked. "We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, with violence", he said. "This brutal murder of a journalist, of an innocent man, of a dissident, will not go without an American response and, I expect, without an worldwide response", US Vice President Mike Pence said at an event hosted by The Washington Post.

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He confirmed Khashoggi was killed in a vicious manner in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and said the killing was pre-meditated at the direction of Saudi officials.

CIA Director Gina Haskell has been sent to Turkey to meet with investigators probing Khashoggi's murder, Pence said.

One source also suggested Mr Khashoggi's remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general's home - situated around 500 metres away from the consulate.

Calling Khashoggi "the victim of a savage murder", Erdogan said that ignoring the murder would "hurt the human conscience". Look, Saudi Arabia's been a really great ally. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said.

The Turkish president said that on October 1, a team of Saudi consular staff scouted out two separate locations in a forest outside Istanbul and at Yalova, 90 kilometers south of the city. "They're coming back either tonight or tomorrow".

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was a U.S. resident and columnist for The Washington Post.

After accusing the Saudis of initially obstructing Turkey's investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, Erdogan said Tuesday he trusted Saudi Arabia's King Salman pledge to cooperate.

The newspaper said Mr Trump declined to say whether he believed the crown prince's denials. "Who did these people get their orders from to go (to Turkey)?"

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