Donald Trump says United States 'demanding' answers over disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

  • Donald Trump says United States 'demanding' answers over disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Donald Trump says United States 'demanding' answers over disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The Trump administration must report to Congress within 120 days.

The administration has expressed concern but has refused to even to entertain questions about what the consequences would be if Turkish allegations turn out to be true - that the 59-year-old journalist was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after entering it on October 2 to get routine paperwork for his marriage while his Turkish fiancé waited outside.

Turkish authorities have privately said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was killed inside the consulate. Saudi Arabia gave no official response to the allegation that members of its security services were on the planes.

The 36-year-old student was waiting outside the consulate in Istanbul when Mr Khashoggi entered it a week ago, hoping to fix paperwork for their imminent marriage. He also said the United States. was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

The fact that the Saudis under MBS, with Trump and Kushner's encouragement, can target an Establishment, non-dissident, ex-govt, mildly-critical-of-MBS Saudi public figure in this brutal & brazen way speaks volumes about what they think they can get away with - and do!

"Nobody knows what happened yet".

"We are very disappointed to see what's going on". Investigations carried out by the Daily Beast reveal that the Saudi critic was on the path to becoming a bigger nuisance for Arab regimes by heading a pro-democracy group made up of Arab Spring exiles living in the West. The administration also relies on Saudi support for its Middle East agenda to counter Iranian influence, fight extremism and support an expected peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mr. Trump told reporters earlier on Wednesday that his administration has been in contact with the "highest level" of officials in the Saudi government, and had asked about Khashoggi's disappearance.

"He shared with me that they only livestream their tapes", Corker said, according to CNN correspondent Manu Raju.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described to the Times a quick and complex operation in which Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the goal.

Boot told Lemon, "If these reports are accurate, they lured (Khashoggi) into their consulate in Istanbul on the soil of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country and killed and dismembered him".

The Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, which he entered to obtain a divorce papers.

A leading Republican senator said Thursday that he believes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and that "there is no question the Saudis did this". An hour and 54 minutes later, according to the time stamp, a black Mercedes Vito with diplomatic license plates, which resembled a van parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in, drives some 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) to the consul's home, where it parks inside a garage. The 15 departed at four different times. Under the Vienna Convention, foreign diplomatic missions are sovereign territory and a host country can not enter without permission.

She wrote: 'Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats.

If initial fears proved correct, Australia may have to consider scaling back co-operation with Saudi Arabia and review plans to enter into a defence industry agreement, Dr Shanahan said.

Erdogan, whose AK Party is rooted in political Islam, also supported a government in Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia has designated a terrorist movement.

Saudi Arabia's denials that it had any role in Khashoggi's disappearance have fallen on deaf ears in Congress, with almost a quarter of the Senate triggering a US investigation into the case.