U.S. sanctions on Saudi Arabia would roil stocks: David Stockman

U.S. sanctions on Saudi Arabia would roil stocks: David Stockman

U.S. sanctions on Saudi Arabia would roil stocks: David Stockman

The sudden cash windfall raised some eyebrows on Wednesday, given the ongoing investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, but United States officials denied that the swift transfer of cash between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. had anything to do with Pompeo's visit to Riyadh.

"We made clear to them that we take this matter with respect to Mr Khashoggi very seriously", Mr Pompeo told reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump. "It's bad, bad stuff".

Only then, Pompeo said, "we can make decisions how or if the United States should respond".

Turkey today pledged to share with the world the results of its investigation into the suspected murder of the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi as investigators searched woods and a farm outside Istanbul for his remains.

Details of the attack on Khashoggi have started to emerge based on recordings allegedly obtained by Turkish authorities from inside the consulate, including of a Saudi autopsy doctor reportedly telling others to listen to music to ease the tension as they dismembered the body.

His withdrawal marked the first formal rebuke of the kingdom by the USA over the Khashoggi case, in contrast to Mr. Trump's recent comments praising Saudi Arabia as a key ally in countering Iran - and ordering American-made weapons.

In an editorial headlined "Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi Arabia's mess?".

Mutreb, who was the first secretary at the Saudi embassy in London and has been described as a colonel in Saudi intelligence, is closely connected to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Asked if Khashoggi was dead, he said, "It certainly looks that way".

The disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has led to a number of tech companies, as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, pulling out of a Saudi Public Investment Fund conference scheduled for later this month.

The move comes after weeks of Saudi denials of involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials claim was murdered by Saudi officials in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

In another statement, he said the Saudi royal court "strongly denied any knowledge" of what happened in the consulate in Istanbul.

Trump said Thursday "it certainly looks" like Khashoggi was killed, threatening "very severe" punishment against Saudi Arabia if they are found to be responsible.

The official told The Associated Press that police have established that two vehicles belonging to the consulate left the building on October 2 - the day Khashoggi had walked into the consulate and vanished. They left the consulate early October 18 after searching the building and consular vehicles, a Reuters witness said.

Far-right media outlets have not missed the opportunity to decry his killing and the subsequent tension with ally Saudi Arabia as an attack on the president. The crown prince is next in line for the throne, which is held by his ailing, aged father King Salman.

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