‘I will be calling at some point King Salman’: Donald Trump to raise ‘terrible situation’ of missing journalist who was ‘tortured, murdered then dismembered for criticizing Saudi’
- US President Donald Trump has said he will speak to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about the disappearance of Saudi writer and US resident Jamal Khashoggi
- Former US Ambassador to KSA Robert Jordan said ‘this is the worst moment in US/Saudi relations since 9/11’
- Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, went missing October 2 after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey
- Turkish government reportedly told US officials it has audio proof that he was killed and dismembered at the consulate in Istanbul
- A delegation from Saudi Arabia has now arrived in Turkey as part of an investigation into his disappearance while KSA calls allegations ‘baseless’
US President Donald Trump has said he will speak to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud about the disappearance of Saudi writer and US resident Jamal Khashoggi.
The American leader spoke about the situation to reporters in Ohio ahead of his campaign rally Friday and revealed he’ll be getting on the phone to hold a conversation with the Middle Eastern royal.
‘We’re going to find out what happened with respect to the terrible situation in Turkey having to do with Saudi Arabia and the reporter,’ said about journalist who went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul October 2. ‘I will be calling at some point King Salman.’
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US President Donald Trump has said he will speak to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (pictured) about the disappearance of Saudi writer and US resident Jamal Khashoggi
Trump, 72, called it a ‘terrible situation’ after accusations emerged the journalist had been killed and dismembered at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 2
Trump said that the United States was one of many countries ‘looking very hard and fast’ to get to the bottom the story after Khashoggi (pictured) vanished when he entered the consulate
Trump, 72, said that the United States was one of many countries ‘looking very hard and fast’ to get to the bottom the story after Khashoggi vanished when he entered the building to get documents for his upcoming wedding, but his wife-to-be never saw him again.
‘A lot of people are looking to find out because it is potentially a really, really terrible situation,’ Trump said.
Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government and Turkey’s government has reportedly told US officials it has audio and video proof he was killed and dismembered that day.
A delegation from Saudi Arabia has now arrived in Turkey as part of an investigation into his disappearance, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu said.
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Saudi Arabia has called the allegation it abducted or harmed Mr Khashoggi ‘baseless’.
However, it has offered no evidence to support its claim he left the consulate and vanished despite his fiance waiting outside.
Turkish officials have said they believe he was murdered there.
US officials say they are seeking answers from the Saudi government, and are not yet accepting the Turkish government’s conclusions and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he is ‘planning’ on going to a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia despite man CEOs and journalists pulling out over concern for the Khashoggi story.
Protests took place outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC but KSA has called the allegation it abducted or harmed Mr Khashoggi ‘baseless’
However former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia thinks it’s bad news for America’s relationship with the kingdom that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited in May 2017.
They went on the tour with Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her Senior Advisor to the president husband, Jared Kushner.
‘I think this is the worst moment in US/Saudi relations since 9/11,’ Robert Jordan told MSNBC, reports Mediaite.
‘I arrived in Saudi Arabia as ambassador a month after 9/11, and the question then was are the Saudis friend or foe? I think we’ve got similar questions going on right now.’
KSA’s new Crown Prince has been praised on one hand for relaxing rules on cultural norms in the country but Khashoggi wasn’t entirely positive about the new regime.
Jordan added that the younger royal, 33, feels like he can do whatever he wants and get away with it.
Saudi Arabia´s consulate in Istanbul is under scrutiny after Turkish officials said they had audio recordings to prove what happened to Khashoggi
The Washington Post reported that a 15-man security team (not pictured) at Saudi Arabia´s consulate in Istanbul moved the body out of the building after killing the journalist
‘Is this a regime that is descending on a slippery slope into authoritarianism, thuggishness, and perhaps rogue behavior?’ he continued. ‘And I think we’ve got to seriously ask that question. I think the time has come for us to stand up and show some leadership on this issue.’
Meanwhile Morocco’s justice minister has confirmed that the country handed the former head of security to the Saudi royal family back to Saudi Arabia in 2015 on the basis of an Interpol notice. He reportedly disappeared days later.
The confirmation from Mohammed Aujjar came in response to the reports of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Trump (pictured with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman) visited Saudi Arabia in May 2017
During the trip he met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who he is set to speak to soon
Aujjar said Turki bin Bandar, who fell out with the Saudi royal family and fled to Paris in 2012, was arrested in Morocco on November 11, 2015 under an international warrant issued by Saudi Arabia ‘for disturbances of public order via internet and for committing financial crimes’ and extradited to Saudi Arabia five days later.
The Washington Post reported that Turki disappeared in 2015.
On Thursday, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey and Saudi Arabia would form a ‘joint working group’ to look into Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.
The 59-year-old journalist, who was considered close to the Saudi royal family, had become a critic of the current government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old heir apparent who has introduced reforms but shown little tolerance for criticism.
Mr Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year.
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