Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind Khashoggi disappearance

US President Donald Trump has suggested "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a fellow for the Middle East at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, warned that the reputational cost of doing business in Saudi Arabia could spike in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Washington Post, to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist, has said the Turkish government had told USA officials it had audio and video recordings showing how Khashoggi was "interrogated, tortured and then murdered" by a 15-member Saudi security team inside the consulate before his body was dismembered.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

Saudi Arabia has responded to Western statements by saying it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions "with greater action", and Arab allies rallied to support it, setting up a potential showdown between the world's top oil exporter and its main Western allies. The Saudi government could not be reached immediately for comment on the CNN report. The president has said he doesn't want the Khashoggi matter to scuttle an arms deal with the Saudis. It said one of the sources told them that the intention was to abduct Khashoggi and it had not been authorized by the Saudi government.

Saudi and Turkish investigators have been seen entering the Saudi consulate where Mr Khashoggi was last seen.

Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.




"The king firmly denies any knowledge of it".

Mr Trump addressed snatched questions from reporters over helicopter engine noise at the White House, describing King Salman's denial as "very, very strong".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed forming a joint working group to probe the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says a Turkish presidential source. Trump added the United States "would be very upset and angry if that were the case". The Saudi government, it said, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation.

Other executives such as Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford and Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi also won't attend the conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The disappearance of the Saudi dissident has cast a different light on bin Salmon, whom press reports last spring dubbed "Prince Charming".

Media reports say Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple Watch.

The Arab News' headline was above a front-page editorial by Dubai-based real-estate tycoon Khalaf al-Habtoor, calling on Gulf Arab nations to boycott global firms now backing out of a planned economic summit in Riyadh later this month.

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