Trump Says U.S. Attendance Uncertain at Saudi Investment Meeting

Trump Says U.S. Attendance Uncertain at Saudi Investment Meeting

USA top diplomat Mike Pompeo held talks with Saudi King Salman on Tuesday, October 16, seeking answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid U.S. media reports the kingdom may be mulling an admission he died during a botched interrogation.

The comment by the Turkish official to The Associated Press further intensified the pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who vanished October 2 while visiting the consulate to pick up paperwork he need to get married.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara, Turkey October 17, 2018.

After his talks with the king, Pompeo was to have dinner with his powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a United States official told the accompanying press. Turkish officials said Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents.

CNN has reported that two sources have confirmed that Khashoggi's death "was the result of an interrogation [at the Saudi Consulate] that went wrong, one that was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey".

In an interview with "60 Minutes", Trump said that "we would be very upset and angry" if the crown prince were to have ordered Khashoggi's murder, and he vowed "severe punishment".

There is as yet no official word from Turkey or Saudi Arabia, who are jointly investigating the Riyadh critic's disappearance, whether Khashoggi was actually murdered or killed by accident and whether Saudi Arabia was involved if his death is confirmed.

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"Records show that two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi crown prince and Interior Ministry arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance", the story added.

On Oct. 2, Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. In a joint statement Sunday, Britain, France and Germany also expressed "grave concern" and called for a "credible investigation".

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Graham said he did not know what Trump was going to do about the Khashoggi incident.

Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom over the case.

President Donald Trump on Monday seemed to indicate that he's buying the Saudi government's blanket denial of being responsible for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi government could not be reached immediately for comment on the CNN report. Pompeo then met a smiling Prince Mohammed, the heir apparent to the throne of the world's largest oil exporter.

It has been two weeks now since the disappearance of the Washington Post journalist, who is believed to have been killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week where he went to get documents for his marriage with his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, and Riyadh still is not showing sufficient care regarding the case. "Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these - I don't want to hurt jobs", Trump said.

A source familiar with the matter said Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink were pulling out of the summit.

"I don't think he expected to be disappeared", his colleague and friend Jason Rezaian told CTV News.

"This guy has got to go", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, speaking on Fox television.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he still plans to attend but would "take (it) into account" if more information came out.

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