United States pressures Saudi over missing journalist

12 October, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz

Trump also said that the White House would be meeting with Khashoggi's fiancee, though at the time, he referred to her as Khashoggi's "wife". "We can't let this happen".

"The United States can not be in a military partnership with a country that has this little concern for human life", said Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the U.S. request for information and a thorough, transparent investigation.

"What happened is a awful thing, assuming that happened", he told reporters.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes suggested on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was being secretly bribed by Saudi Arabia in exchange for allowing them to get away with murdering their critics.

"We need to push back on activities like this if they have occurred", Corker said.

Mr Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and has not been seen since.

The revelation marks a potentially explosive twist in the case of Mr. Khashoggi, 59, who vanished a week ago while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. They have provided no evidence of his departure.

"The US had no advance knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance" or of any kind of threat, he said Wednesday. That was denied by Turkish sources, however, who told Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu "the information saying that the U.S. appointed an investigator is not true".

A joint Turkish-Saudi team will investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request, Presidential Aide Ibrahim Kalın said late Thursday. Saudi Arabia denies knowing anything about his fate, saying that he left the building. The Kentucky Republican said he hopes Trump will support stronger measures against Saudi Arabia "if there is any evidence they killed this journalist". Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent a letter to Trump demanding that the USA impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act on any "foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi".

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The President said blocking further arms sales to Saudi Arabia "would be hurting us".

"We're demanding everything. We want to see what's going on here".

"People saw him go in and didn't see him come out. It certainly doesn't look like he is around".

The US and the United Kingdom have both called on the Saudi government to step up its investigation into the disappearance.

"If it turns out to be what we all think it is today but don't know, there will have to be significant sanctions placed at the highest levels", he said.

But State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters they had no such tip.

In an essay in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Cengiz implored the president and Melania Trump to "help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday.

Chris Murphy, a Democratic Senator from CT, also called for at least a temporary halt to USA support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Reporter 2: "You had mentioned that you spoke with King Salman, so, I mean-"President Donald Trump: "Well, I do anyway, and I've always found him to be a fine man".

Vice President Mike Pence expressed fresh concern Wednesday over the case Wednesday, saying "violence against journalists should be condemned" and that the US may be prepared to send Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help investigate the case.

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