Saudi crown prince reportedly ordered op against missing journalist

Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi

Trump says: "It would be a very sad thing and we will probably know in the very short future". According to the new reports, it also included intelligence officers, soldiers, and members of the royal guard. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia concluded arms sale agreements worth more than $65 billion, from FY2009 through FY2016.

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On Wednesday, Corker and almost every member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked President Donald Trump to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance and consider placing sanctions on Saudi Arabia if it is found to have killed him.

There are fears that Jamal Khashoggi, who's contributed columns to The Washington Post, has been murdered. "Everything points to them".

Turkish authorities have said he was killed by members of an elite Saudi "assassination squad", an allegation the Saudi government has dismissed.

Rubio said on "America's Newsroom" that if evidence of Saudi involvement is found, there will be an effort in Washington, D.C.to "fundamentally alter" the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the USA and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.

"We can not let this happen to reporters, to anybody", Trump told reporters. The Saudis, Trump's frequently said, are customers of his.

After Khashoggi's fiance wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, pleading for Trump and his wife Melania's help, the president said that the first lady's office was working on inviting her to the White House. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is now scheduled to attend the event.

Chris Murphy, a Democratic Senator from CT, also called for at least a temporary halt to United States support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

A source told the Post that prior to Khashoggi going missing, US intelligence intercepted Saudi officials' communications, which revealed a plan to capture Khashoggi and get him to Saudi Arabia.

Donald Trump says he sees no reason to block Saudi investments in the United States, despite growing concerns over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Corker said that sanctions could "absolutely" target Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an interview that followed.

While the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far been reluctant to confirm the killing of Khashoggi, grisly details of the murder and the operation to assassinate the Saudi journalist are being released by senior Turkish security officials.

Trump's comments Wednesday were the toughest yet from his administration. The 15 men reportedly left Turkey that same evening.

But he also tried to temper the criticism with some words of praise for the crown prince, who is a key ally of President Donald Trump. That's unlikely to change, said Robin Wright, a scholar at the Wilson Center think tank and close friend of the missing writer.

On his first worldwide trip as president, Mr. Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales. The flip side, however, is that he's also squelched dissent and imprisoned activists. "This is the right time to suspend our military support for the disastrous bombing campaign in Yemen".

Critics have accused the White House of being slow to react to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and hesitant to criticize the Saudi government, a close partner of the Trump administration.

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