Trump reluctant to slash weapons sales to Saudis

Trump reluctant to slash weapons sales to Saudis

Trump reluctant to slash weapons sales to Saudis

"We have incredible people and incredible talent working on it".

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of the ruling royal family, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.

Saudi officials have denied Kashoggi was killed within the consulate and say he left shortly after arriving to retrieve a document related to his upcoming wedding.

Turkish officials say he was killed by Saudi agents during the visit.

Khashoggi feared for his safety before he entered the Saudi diplomatic compound, and asked her to speak to leading Turkish officials if he did not come out of the consulate.

The apparent outing of members of the Saudi security services will add to growing worldwide pressure on the kingdom, which faces accusations from Turkey of having murdered and dismembered Mr Khashoggi when he went to the consulate on October 2.

Information continues to trickle out through Turkish media about the 15-man Saudi team previously described as an "assassination squad".

President Donald Trump talked to "Fox & Friends" about the missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the possibility of Saudi Arabia's involvement, telling the show's hosts, "I don't like it at all".

Khashoggi is a prominent Saudi journalist who was living in a self-imposed exile.

"We're demanding everything. We want to see what's going on there".




Graham also drew a distinction between reacting to Khashoggi's death with economic sanctions and curtailing USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia or limiting United States military support for the war in Yemen. "We demand to know the truth", he added. These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdogan-linked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance.

Trump, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, said he's spoken "more than once" with the Saudis in recent days but didn't provide details of the conversation.

The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him. The uniform nature of these reports and their detailed nature suggest the Turkish government is feeding intelligence reports to the media for publication.

USA intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi before he vanished, according to the Post, which cited two people familiar with the information. A third appeared to be a special forces soldier who worked as a bodyguard to Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has supported the administration's tough stance toward Iran, a key rival of Saudi Arabia in the volatile Middle East.

The president did not provide details on a USA investigation. "I don't want anybody else thinking that if they have an alliance with us we don't care about values".

Paul also cited Saudi Arabia's intervention in neighboring Yemen's civil war.

"The US had no advance knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance" or of any kind of threat, he said on Wednesday.

Khashoggi's response to these offers, according to one of his friends, was: "Are you kidding?"

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said it's looking more and more likely that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist who has been missing since last week. "The intelligence reports are very direct, very short and give further credence to the fact that the focus needs to be on Saudi Arabia right now", Corker said. Almost two hours later, according to the time stamp, a black Mercedes Vito with diplomatic license plates, which resembled a van parked outside of the consulate when Mr Khashoggi walked in, drives some 2 kilometres to the consul's home, where it parks inside a garage.

Saudi officials offered to allow Turkey to search the premises of the consulate in Istanbul.

Recommended News

  • Palestinian 'lone-wolf' attack in West Bank kills two Israelis

    Palestinian 'lone-wolf' attack in West Bank kills two Israelis

    Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians work side by side in the industrial zone, which includes some 160 factories. Israeli security forces at the scene of a shooting attack in the Barkan Industrial Park area October 7, 2018.
    NYC limousine crash: Newlywed couple and young parents amongst 20 killed

    NYC limousine crash: Newlywed couple and young parents amongst 20 killed

    At least one of the victims wasn't pleased with this as she reportedly sent a text message saying the limo was in awful condition. Since the reconstruction, three semi-trailers had reportedly run through the same stop sign that the limo went through, she said.
    Robertson: Title race not just between Liverpool and City

    Robertson: Title race not just between Liverpool and City

    If it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one percent of a chance because they are so good, they play for that. To his credit, he didn't exactly sulk, but he had a look on his face which told you everything you needed to know.
  • Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

    Jimmy Butler has heated practice with Timberwolves

    Butler scrimmaged with the Timberwolves third team and took on the team's starters, according to a report from Yahoo Sports . That's raw me - me at my finest, me at my purest - that's what you're gonna get inside the lines.
    Michael forecast to grow into major hurricane

    Michael forecast to grow into major hurricane

    Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall are expected along the northeastern Gulf coast. Michael has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it continues slamming Georgia with heavy rain and risky winds.
    Hurricane Michael nears Alabama, Georgia

    Hurricane Michael nears Alabama, Georgia

    CDT update. "This is your last chance to evacuate before conditions start deteriorating within the next few hours", Scott wrote. The hurricane is expected to be the most powerful storm to strike the southern USA state's panhandle in at least a decade.
  • New Kids On The Block 'Mixtape' Tour Coming to the Carolinas

    New Kids On The Block 'Mixtape' Tour Coming to the Carolinas

    The popular band of yesteryear announced Monday that they're going back on tour and they'll be visiting the Gem State. If you were coming of age in the late '80s and early '90s, this just might be your dream lineup.
    USA  may grant waivers on Iran crude sanctions

    USA may grant waivers on Iran crude sanctions

    CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy tells FOX Business' Neil Cavuto that US businesses are adapting to current oil prices . And Saudi Arabia and OPEC and non-OPEC countries, they've produced 1.5 million barrels a day.
    Hazard: We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals

    Hazard: We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals

    Chelsea now face a game against Manchester United when the Premier League resumes after the worldwide break. For Chelsea , Hazard has netted seven in the league, with Pedro scoring three and Morata netting two.
  • Betting suspended on The Everest until barrier draw revealed

    Betting suspended on The Everest until barrier draw revealed

    He cut her off immediately as she attempted to explain the heritage listing of the Opera House and then said he would be calling the Premier.
    Eovaldi to start Game 3 instead of Porcello

    Eovaldi to start Game 3 instead of Porcello

    The veteran pitcher should know how to work his way out of early struggles. "Every single pitch, they're locked in", Judge said. Makes a baseball fan excited about what will happen in the final few games of this ALDS.
    Pompeo: North Korea Ready to Allow International Inspectors at Nuclear Sites

    Pompeo: North Korea Ready to Allow International Inspectors at Nuclear Sites

    Wang said Pompeo proposed his visit to China , and the Chinese side was willing to arrange meetings. Wang and Pompeo discussed a range of issues, such as North Korea and the trade war.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.