Trump reluctant to slash weapons sales to Saudis

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says UN expert

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says UN expert

"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.

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