Turkish president says Khashoggi was victim of ‘ferocious’ pre-planned murder

Turkish president says Khashoggi was victim of ‘ferocious’ pre-planned murder

Turkish president says Khashoggi was victim of ‘ferocious’ pre-planned murder

It was not immediately clear whether any of the items belonged to Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Saudi national who disappeared after visiting the consulate in Istanbul.

"In terms of what we ultimately do I'm going to leave it very much - in conjunction with me - up to Congress", Trump told reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office.

France, he added, wants "the utmost clarity on this murder, which is not the case today".

Visa records are confidential and Pompeo was not more specific about who the revocations would affect, but the State Department later said 21 "Saudi suspects" would have visas revoked or would be declared ineligible to enter the U.S. Under Crown Prince Salman, the kingdom has sought to lessen its reliance on oil money and pivot to a more diversified investment strategy with a focus on innovative USA businesses.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday pushed back on those claims, describing Khashoggi's death as a preplanned murder by Saudi agents.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Saudi authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever" in the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi this month. "It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups. As of now we expect of them to openly bring to light those responsible - from the highest ranked to the lowest - and to bring them to justice", said the Turkish president, who used the word "murder" 15 times in his speech.


The US kept its promise to respond to the killing by revoking the visas of some of the Saudi officials implicated in Mr Khashoggi's death. Khashoggi was a writer for the Washington Post newspaper and a critic of the Saudi government.

The Turkish leader has demanded the kingdom reveal the identities of all involved in the killing, regardless of rank.

Erdogan said 15 Saudi officials arrived in the country shortly before Khashoggi's death and that a man, apparently dressed in the writer's clothes, acted as a possible decoy by walking out of the consulate on the day of the disappearance.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is reportedly in Turkey to assess the intelligence related to a crime that has galvanized the world's attention and cast a spotlight on the U.S. -Saudi relationship and the burgeoning role of Saudi money in American tech companies. 'We would be hurting our companies. "We've gained a lot of information. I'll know a lot tomorrow". According to The Associated Press, US$479 million worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia were greenlighted by Germany in the first three quarters of 2018.

Trump reiterating that he does not want to scrap the Dollars 110 billion mega arms deal with Saudi Arabia and the total investment of USD450 billion from that country, but did not rule out not taking any action against the Saudis.

Trump had previously called Saudi versions credible and sent conflicting signals on how the US should respond, last week calling the journalist's killing "very bad" but repeatedly emphasizing that he didn't want to endanger USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Saudi investment in the USA or the American alliance with the kingdom.

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