Two things that complicate Trump’s response to Saudi mystery

Two things that complicate Trump’s response to Saudi mystery

Two things that complicate Trump’s response to Saudi mystery

Mr Khashoggi - a contributor to The Washington Post - has not been seen since 2 October when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.

On his first global trip as president, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales. "We want to see what's going on".

After Khashoggi's fiance wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, pleading for Trump and his wife Melania's help, the president said that the first lady's office was working on inviting her to the White House. He left Saudi Arabia past year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post.

However, Saudi Arabia has offered no evidence to support its contention that the writer left the consulate unharmed and vanished into Istanbul while his fiancée waited impatiently outside. Two previous attempts both failed, the first one garnering only 25 votes while the second managed to get 47 votes - but Paul thinks that "growing opposition" to Saudi actions would ensure that another vote would be successful.

"The traditionally opaque methods used by Saudi Arabia to silence critical journalists constitute grounds for fearing the worst in the case of Khashoggi's disappearance", said Sophie Anmuth, head of RSF's Middle East desk.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for Saudi Arabia to support an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Corker described his talks with Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as "not a great conversation", and asked to show him video footage of him leaving the consulate.

'White House National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton and White House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman yesterday about the missing Washington Post journalist, ' according to Sanders.

Citing US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the matter, the American daily - to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist - reported Wednesday that details of the operation bore the hallmarks of a "rendition".

Khashoggi, a wealthy former government insider who had been living in the self-imposed exile, had gone to the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get paperwork he needed for his upcoming marriage while his Turkish fiancee waited outside. "We are demanding everything".

Mohammed is a close ally of the USA and has developed a relationship with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser.

Co-host Steve Doocy brought up the report that Mohammed ordered Khashoggi's return to Saudi Arabia and told Trump, "That sounds like it goes right to the top, Mr. President".

Information continues to trickle out through Turkish media about the 15-man Saudi team previously described as an "assassination squad". The silent video also showed one of two private Gulfstream jets that Turkish media said carried the Saudi group, who flew in and out of Istanbul the day Khashoggi disappeared. "And we are looking, and so are other people".

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed the US intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, said "the likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate". "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate", she added.

The user also labelled Cengiz as part of the "Qatar blockade gang", quoting tweets she had posted in support of the Gulf country after Saudi Arabia and allies severed diplomatic ties a year ago. "I mean, you're affecting us and, you know, they're always quick to jump that way".

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