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Conservatives Blast Trump for Anemic Response to Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance

11 Octobre 2018

United Nations rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

Saudi authorities have denied any foul play, calling the allegations "baseless".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders added that the USA would continue to inquire about the fate of the journalist. No, Trump insisted, "we have a very smooth-running organization". "It's a bad thing".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of accusing Riyadh of killing Khashoggi, but the Times' report says he dispatched officials to speak anonymously to media outlets. As Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told us on Wednesday, "The burden of proof is now on the Saudis" to show they were not responsible for Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance.

Trump said the White House has been in contact with Cengiz and hopes to meet her "fairly quickly".

But he left Saudi Arabia in 2017, fearing censorship and possible detention at the hands of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and his body removed.

Riyadh and Ankara have also differed on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Saudi Arabia has unofficially backed the so-called United States "deal of the century", whereas Turkey has condemned the Trump administration's attempt to "force a deal on the Palestinians".

Under pressure from Congress, the Trump administration faces a dilemma: how to respond to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while ensuring that any punitive action does not alienate Riyadh, a key ally against Iran.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's show that the United States would send Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to the consulate to investigate if the Saudis requested it. You know that, right?

"When I hear of the arrest of a friend who did nothing that (deserved being) arrested, it makes me feel I shouldn't go", he told the BBC. He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.

Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot.

"I think we'll get to the bottom of it", said Trump.

The New York Times and the Washington Post both reported that private planes carrying Saudi Arabian agents arrived in Istanbul shortly before and after Kashoggi entered the consulate and left the same day.

This is the conclusion of Turkish officials as to the fate of Khashoggi, 59, who was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul October 2. His work was published in the Washington Post.

On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.

"I'm not happy about it", Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Broadcast by Turkey's TRT World channel and apparently obtained from security cameras, the footage shows vehicles driving up to the consulate, including black vans thought to be central to inquiries.

Turkey's Sabah newspaper reports that it has identified 15 members of an intelligence team it says was involved in the Saudi's disappearance.

Conservatives Blast Trump for Anemic Response to Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance