As the United States toughened its response to Khashoggi's disappearance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference Thursday amid global pressure. It certainly looks that way, ' the US President said today in Washington DC.
Khashoggi's killers may have dumped his remains in Belgrad Forest adjacent to Istanbul, and at a rural location near the city of Yalova, a 90-kilometre drive south of Istanbul, the officials said. He commented as he left Joint Base Andrews for a political trip to Montana.
"US President Donald Trump reversed course on Thursday, saying it "certainly looks like" Khashoggi is dead", after remaining noncommittal about his status for days. "Turkey has followed the law and global agreements and has taken "open and transparent actions" in the Khashoggi case", Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told Anadolu Angency (AA) yesterday.
A team of Turkish investigators searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for a second time after investigating the consul's residence. "It's bad, bad stuff". He was followed shortly after by Wopke Hoekstra, the Dutch finance minister.
ABC News reported on Thursday, citing Turkish officials, that Pompeo had listened to an audio recording of Washington Post columnist and United States resident Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Aamer Anwar, the rector and a human rights lawyer, paid tribute to the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and hit out at the Saudi regime and those who offer support to it.
Trump on Wednesday denied he was covering for the longtime U.S. ally.
Still, the State Department said in an email reply to ABC News that Pompeo had not heard the recording.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that, during their recent conversation, the Saudi king firmly denied allegations that he or his crown prince had any knowledge of or role in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "But we'll see what happens".
Meanwhile several lawmakers led by Congressman Jim McGovern introduced a legislation in the House to prohibit all USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia until Secretary of State determines that the Saudi regime is not responsible for the disappearance or death of Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, has always been feared killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered on October 2 and was never seen exiting.
He cautioned, however, that whatever response the administration might decide on would take into account the importance of the long-standing US-Saudi partnership. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said during an interview on Tuesday.
But the president said he was still waiting on the outcome of several investigations before drawing any conclusions.