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Trump says missing Saudi journalist no reason to stop investments there

12 Octobre 2018

By 11 p.m., another seven left by the other private plane, heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, similarly remaining there overnight and then flying on to Riyadh the next day, according to reports.

Corker told reporters on Wednesday he appreciates the reform agenda pursued by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is commonly referred to by his initials "MBS", but made it clear the abduction or murder of Khashoggi was completely unacceptable if the Saudi government was involved. "It certainly doesn't look like he's around".

Khashoggi, who was born in Saudi Arabia, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain wedding papers over a week ago.

Khashoggi had entered the consulate at the time to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. The uniform nature of these reports and their detailed nature suggest the Turkish government is feeding intelligence reports to the media for publication.

A critic of the crown prince, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance. "We're demanding everything", Mr Trump said when asked if he was demanding information from the Saudis.

In a sign Turkey and Saudi Arabia might be looking for a way forward, Turkey accepted a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to investigate the case, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency quoted presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as saying. Investigators are also zooming in on a vehicle seen entering and leaving the building after Khashoggi went inside. "But I said 'King - we're protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military, '" Trump said earlier in October to cheers at a rally in Mississippi. I don't like it. Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, said he believed the Saudis killed Mr Khashoggi; his colleague Lindsey Graham said there would be "hell to pay" if so.

He continued: "Part of that is what we're doing with our defense systems and everybody's wanting them".

Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked with the kingdom's leaders "more than once" since Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor, disappeared on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Rubio said on "America's Newsroom" that if evidence of Saudi involvement is found, there will be an effort in Washington, "fundamentally alter" the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

All three officials pressed MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, for more details and urged his government to support a transparent investigation, Sanders added.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the continuing to monitor the unfolding investigation in Istanbul, but offered no information about what the crown prince told the US officials about Khashoggi's disappearance.

But the 18 others also signed the letter to send Trump a strong bipartisan message of support for a serious United States response to Khashoggi's disappearance, Senate aides said.

The Magnitsky process, which involves 120 day investigation, "creates lots of pressure" on the Saudis and the Trump White House, he said.

"What happened is a bad thing, assuming that happened", he told reporters.

"Nobody knows what happened yet".

"His wife wrote us a letter, addressed to my wife and myself and we are in contact with her now". We'll be having a report out soon. But they appear in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a Saudi government critic, Jamal Khashoggi.

He said his aides have been in contact with Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and hope to set up a meeting with her at the White House. Saudi Arabia denies knowing anything about his fate, saying that he left the building.

Trump, in an interview with the Fox News "Fox & Friends" program, also called US-Saudi relations "excellent".

Trump says missing Saudi journalist no reason to stop investments there