Washington Post Accuses Trump of Diplomatic Cleanup over Khashoggi

Washington Post Accuses Trump of Diplomatic Cleanup over Khashoggi

Turkish forensic officials arrive to the residence of Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al Otaibi in Istanbul, Turkey on October 17, 2018. "We just need to simply say what happened". "I'm not sure yet that it exists".

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the US has requested audio and video evidence concerning Khashoggi's disappearance "if it exists". "I'm not giving cover at all".

"No, not at all", he declared.

Such a forum is now lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and USA resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Yeni Safak report cited what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi's slaying, which it said showed the writer was tortured.

Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, who previously worked as a diplomat at the Saudi embassy in London, has been photographed with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on recent trips to Madrid and Paris, as well as the United States, The New York Times has revealed. Kavanaugh denied the allegations and was confirmed to the court.

"No not at all, I just want to find out what's happening", Trump told reporters. I don't like that.

Soylu said: "As soon as (Saudi Arabia) gives the consent, steps will be taken toward investigating".

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Pompeo was also tight-lipped after meeting the Saudi leadership in Riyadh, telling journalists he did not want "to talk about any of the facts".

That explanation could deflect suspicions that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered him killed and give the U.S. and Turkey a way out of confronting an important regional player.

Over the past few days, Mr Trump has raised the possibility of "rogue killers" being behind the journalist's disappearance.

An official close to the investigation told DW's Julia Hahn that there was proof the journalist "was killed" and that findings "match the evidence at the Saudi consulate" which was searched by investigators earlier this week.

But the leaks appeared to resume after Saudi leaders repeated their denials of involvement to Pompeo, and Trump defended the crown prince as having been unfairly accused.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met Wednesday with Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwayli, Saudi Arabia's chief of the general staff.

Saudi Arabia is one one of its most important backers, and heralded the project as one that could "enable all 4th-generation technologies to flourish in the Kingdom".

In the meantime, there were signs at home that Trump's party was growing uncomfortable with his willingness to defend the Saudis.

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The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you return to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!" "He had this guy murdered in the consulate in Turkey and you expect me to ignore it?"

Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina) and other influential politicians warned of dire consequences on Tuesday, saying the prince, often known as MBS for short, should be removed from his post.

"It is in our interest to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia, especially on issues like counterterrorism cooperation and regional stability initiatives, but prior administrations have been able to do that while still pushing for reforms and holding nations accountable for human rights abuses", Monaco said.

Worldwide leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance.

Trump says that Saudi Arabia is valued as a historic customer for the United States weapons industry.

"I think we'll also be guided by what other countries are doing".

Pompeo said Erdogan "made clear that the Saudis had cooperated with the investigation that the Turks are engaged in and they are going to share information".

Trump's remarks were his most robust defense yet of the Saudis, a US ally he has made central to his Mideast agenda.

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The Saudi government has not given a full accounting of what happened to Khashoggi, a critic of the regime, after he entered the compound on October 2.

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