U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned Tuesday that Saudi Arabia’s dealing with of the dying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “one of many worst cowl ups within the historical past of canopy ups.”
Skepticism of the case has risen since Saturday, when Saudi Arabia mentioned Khashoggi died in a brawl. Riyadah initially denied any data of Khashoggi’s dying earlier than conceding that he was killed in a battle on the consulate.
Turkey and the USA have vowed to unravel Khashoggi’s dying and punish these accountable.
Whereas Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has been loudly essential of Saudi Arabia over the case, which has brought about worldwide backlash, Trump lately informed reporters that he wished to get all of the info on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier than agreeing with him.
Trump additionally informed reporters that he felt Erdogan was “fairly tough” on Saudi Arabia in his remarks in parliament on Tuesday, after the Turkish president repeatedly referred to as the dying of the previous Washington Submit author a homicide all through his speech.
“The Saudi administration has taken an vital step by admitting to the homicide. Any further, we count on them to uncover all these answerable for this matter from prime to backside and make them face the required punishments,” Erdogan mentioned.
“From the one who gave the order, to the one who carried it out, they need to all be dropped at account,” he mentioned, including that Riyadh wanted to “uncover all these answerable for this matter from prime to backside.”
Erdogan additionally addressed the Saudis’ widely-criticized declare that Khashoggi died in a battle on the consulate, saying as an alternative that Saudi officers had deliberate the killing for days.
“Accountable such an incident on a handful of safety and intelligence members wouldn’t fulfill us or the worldwide neighborhood,” he mentioned.
As particulars of Khashoggi’s dying have come to mild, Trump has repeatedly performed down the involvement of Riyadah whereas highlighting the significance of Saudi Arabia as an ally of the USA. Earlier this week, he mentioned he’s not happy with the reasons he’s heard from Saudi Arabia so far.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence additionally condemned the killing, pledging at an occasion hosted by the Washington Submit that “we’re going to unravel it.”
“This brutal homicide of a journalist, of an harmless man, of a dissident is not going to go with out an American response and, I count on, with out a global response,” Pence mentioned.
CIA director Gina Haspel has travelled to Turkey to hitch the investigation.
–With information from Reuters and the Related Press.
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