'Not satisfied': Trump wants answers from Saudi Arabia over journalist's death
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President Donald Trump says he is not yet satisfied with Saudi Arabiaâs explanation in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"I'm not satisfied until we find the answer," Trump told reporters during a Republican campaign rally stop in Nevada on Saturday. "But it was a big first step. It was a good first step. But I want to get to the answer."Advertisement
Saudi officials claimed K hashoggi was killed in a "fistfight" in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came more than two weeks after Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancÃ©e and never came out.
Since his disappearance, the kingdom had rejected Turkish fears he was killed and dismembered there as "baseless," but growing international pressure and comments by U.S. officials up to Trump appear to have forced the kingdom to acknowledge the slaying.
While it fired officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom stopped short of implicating the heir apparent of the world's largest oil exporter.
King Salman, his father, appointed him to lead a committee that will restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after Khashoggi's slaying. No major decisions in Saudi Arabia are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ru ling Al-Saud family.
On Friday, when asked whether he thought Saudi Arabiaâs explanation for the death of Khashoggi was credible, Trump said, âI do. I do.â
However, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and Trump supporter, and other lawmakers are expressing skepticism about Saudi Arabia's claim that the Saudi writer and critic of the royal family died during a âfistfightâ in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Graham tweeted, âTo say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement.â
On Saturday in Nevada, Trump continued to reiterate the billions of dollars tying the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Trump says $450 billion worth of investments and thousands of jobs are at stake if the United States puts pressure on the Saudis.
"We have $450 billion â" $110 billion of which is a military order," he said Saturday. "But this is equipment and various things ordered from Saudi Arabia. That's not helpful for us to cancel an order like that. That hurts us far more than it hurts them."
In a statement Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will closely follow international investigations into Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process."
Trump has said that the consequences for the Saudis "will have to be very severe" if they are found to have killed him, but he has insisted that more facts must be known before making any judgments.
Trump made his first overseas trip as president to Saudi Arabia and has touted his arms sales to the kingdom.
Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, responsible for a coming peace proposal for Israel and the Palestinians, also has forged a close relationship with Prince Mohammed.
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