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Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

16 Octobre 2018

Two more Washington lobbying firms also dropped their representation of Saudi Arabia on Monday. US crude was last up 40 cents at $71.74. Past year alone, it spent almost $5.5 billion.

Prince Mohammed, 33, a son of King Salman, consolidated his control in June 2017 when he was named Crown Prince to replace his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, who was sacked.

Speaking on Twitter, Mr Trump said: "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened "to our Saudi Arabian citizen".

Earlier on Monday, Salman ordered an internal probe into Khashoggi's disappearance while a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the consulate.

"And princesses, fleeing Saudi Arabia", Alhadj said.

By contrast, top US defense firms have kept quiet. The Saudi government could not be reached immediately for comment on the CNN report.

So far it still remains unclear how Trump would "punish" the kingdom economically over the journalist's disappearance, but major figures in the US Congress, such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, have suggested halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow declined to speculate on what Trump might do after the president promised "severe punishment" in a "60 Minutes" interview.

"All I can do is report what he told me", he said. She added, "There are many friends and allies we could have gone to". Diane Greene, the head of Google's cloud computing business, will no longer attend the conference, a spokeswoman said. Saudi Arabia's riyal currency was still testing the boundaries of its peg at 3.7514 to the dollar - its weakest spot rate since June 2017.

The problem with that is that there's been already a lot of questions about Mohammed bin Salman.

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They also discussed Lockheed's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system, as well as the manufacturing of two communications satellites Lockheed is building for the country.

Similar campaigns trended on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Since then it has sold the kingdom missile defense systems, helicopters, satellites and ships.

Brent crude responded by jumping 1 percent which in turn saw Saudi stocks recover the full 3.5 percent they had lost on Sunday when the diplomatic tensions flared.

The sales are a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the Saudis don't buy their weaponry from the USA, they will get it from others, he said.

It was unclear if the boycott call was aimed at users of Uber's service or investors in the company, or both, and whether Bahrain is planning other measures against the company.

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said today.

But often those deals don't pan out as initially planned.

The Saudi foreign ministry said King Salman affirmed his country's "solid" relations with Turkey in the phone call with Erdogan, stressing that no one could undermine their relationship.

Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance