Jamal Khashoggi: Erdoğan rejects Saudi account of killing

Jamal Khashoggi: Erdoğan rejects Saudi account of killing

Jamal Khashoggi: Erdoğan rejects Saudi account of killing

President Donald Trump said he is passing responsibility to Congress for responding to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and he criticized the conflicting accounts from Saudi Arabia afterward as "one of the worst" cover-ups in history.

The follow-up question addressed whether he believes Saudi leadership in what they've said about the killing.

That leaves open questions such as whether the Saudi operation in Istanbul was always meant to result in Khashoggi's death or whether the original plan was to kidnap and transport him to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has described the suspects as rogue operators, even though officials linked to Saudi Arabia's assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been implicated in the killing.

The President took questions from the pool on the caravan and about recent death of US -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. "We're just hurting ourselves", Trump said.

Trump has come under bipartisan criticism for taking a soft stance on the Saudis and as recently as last weekend called the government's story "credible".

Mr Trump said he would work with the US Congress to determine the US response to the Khashoggi matter.

Turkey's president says Saudi officials plotted for days to kill reporter Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's diplomatic offices in Istanbul.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, shortly afterwards, that the USA "will punish those responsible" and is revoking visas of 21 identified suspects.

"We are making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", he said. "Neither the president or I am happy with this situation".

Riyadh's explanations on the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's consulate in Istanbul leave many questions unanswered, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said during the session.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel has been sent to Turkey to review the matter.

But Turkish officials say a 15-men team tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and say Saudi officials had planned the killing for days.

"First, we should get all the facts", Portman said.

"Neither the Vienna Convention nor other global laws allow the investigation into such a brutal murder to be cloaked behind the shield of diplomatic immunity", the president said.

The crown prince has denied any involvement.

Erdogan revealed that a Saudi team carried out reconnaissance at two separate locations and cameras and a hard drive were removed from the kingdom's consulate prior to the journalist's arrival on October 2 for his scheduled appointment.

"I went to Saudi Arabia on the basis that they would buy hundreds of billions- many billions of dollars worth of things".

Trump said of the attack on the journalist that "whoever thought of that idea, I think, is in big trouble".

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