Media Rushes To Blame Trump For Journalist’s Disappearance

Adjust Comment Print

President Trump told reporters on Monday morning that he had just spoken with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, who he said "firmly denied any knowledge" of what happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain a license to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Trump said that he did not discuss potential consequences for Saudi Arabia if it is discovered that they did have a role in Khashoggi's disappearance. "The strong moral and legal responsibility which our father instilled in us obliges us to call for the establishment of an independent and impartial worldwide commission to inquire into the circumstances of his death", they said in the statement.

CNN's report said the nation had not given its clearance for the attack on Khashoggi, and said "Those involved will be held responsible".

Trump paid his first foreign visit as president to Saudi Arabia past year, praised its new young ruler, the king's son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and boasted of striking a deal to sell $110 billion (€95 billion) of USA weapons to the kingdom, something the president said he doesn't want to halt over the missing reporter, because it would hurt the United States economy. If rogue killers had walked into the Saudi embassy and murdered a Saudi dissident, it would be a stain on Saudi Arabia, proving that for all the talk of a new, progressive ruling class, they can not protect people even in their own buildings.

Duchess Meghan Markle baked her own banana bread in Australia
She said: "The baby will be intelligent, funny, cute as a button and I think really funny and loving between Harry and Meg". Three years ago, Prince Harry noticed Dunne while greeting fans outside the Sydney Opera House.

Three high-profile Wall Street CEOs reportedly attempted to persuade Saudi officials to push back Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference.

Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, although he has ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts. A Saudi delegation had entered the consulate one hour before the Turkish police arrived and appeared still to be inside as the search was conducted.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still plans to attend a previously scheduled Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as the investigation progresses.

Turkish diplomatic sources had said the consulate would be searched by a joint Turkish-Saudi team. Saudi Arabia has called such allegations "baseless" but has not proved the writer ever left the consulate. "We'll wait and see, but rest assured that when the president says we will take actions if we find out bad outcomes, he means it". The prosecutor received instructions "to work quickly", so an announcement could happen within days, he said. Saudi Arabia has denied that. "Nobody's seen it yet, so we do want to see it. we're going to be seeing it very soon". The alleged slaying threatens to derail efforts by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to portray Saudi Arabia as a more open and tolerant place to visit, invest in and do business.