U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned on Thursday it “definitely appears to be like” like U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is lifeless.
Khashoggi didn’t reappear from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 the place he went to gather paperwork for his deliberate marriage. Turkish officers have mentioned they imagine the journalist, a critic of Saudi rulers, was murdered contained in the constructing and his physique chopped up and eliminated.
“It definitely appears to be like that solution to me,” Trump advised reporters at Joint Base Andrews when requested if Khashoggi was lifeless. “It’s very unhappy.”
Trump mentioned he was ready for particulars from “about three completely different investigations so we are able to unravel” Khoshoggi’s disappearance.
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Requested what the results can be if Saudi leaders had been linked to his disappearance, Trump mentioned: “Effectively, it’ll must be very extreme. I imply, it’s unhealthy, unhealthy stuff, however we’ll see what occurs.”
Turkish sources have advised Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote columns for the Washington Submit, was killed.
The Saudis have strongly denied the allegations however U.S. media shops have reported they are going to acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation. Trump has speculated with out offering proof that “rogue killers” might be accountable.