Trump Says MBS Vows 'Full' Probe into Missing Journalist

W460

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had spoken with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and been assured that a "full" probe into the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was underway.

"Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate," Trump tweeted. 

He "told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter. Answers will be forthcoming shortly."

The disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has embarrassed the kingdom and strained relations with Washington.

Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to talk directly with Saudi Arabia's royals amid strong pressure in Congress and the U.S. media to prevent the vanishing of Khashoggi from being swept under the carpet.

Turkish sources allege that Kashoggi was lured into the consulate and murdered, then dismembered. Saudi officials say he left the building, but have provided no evidence to support this.

For Trump, the issue is extremely delicate. At the prompting of his son in law and adviser Jared Kushner, his administration has made good relations with Prince Mohammed -- portrayed as a Saudi modernizer -- a priority.

Saudi Arabia is one of the closest U.S. partners in a bid to undermine Iran and also a massive client of the U.S. weapons industry.

Comments 6
Thumb whyaskwhy 16 October 2018, 23:08

Super that's how politicians are supposed to act not like our Lebanese blaming it on the other and stating I know who did it but will not say....

Thumb whyaskwhy 16 October 2018, 23:08

Super that's how politicians are supposed to act not like our Lebanese blaming it on the other and stating I know who did it but will not say....

Missing peace007 17 October 2018, 00:50

Full probe. Lol. He ordered the murder of the guy. Case closed and everyone but Daryan,Hariri and a few others on the payroll know it.

Thumb s.o.s 17 October 2018, 09:56

Why isn't the world obsessed with the tens of thousands of Lebanese who were kidnapped and went missing in Syria? Why this double standards? Are our lives worth less than Saudi ones ?

Thumb tric.portugal 17 October 2018, 13:37

Yes...if in two weaks do not know what is happening in the istambul consulate...delay...delay...

Thumb whyaskwhy 17 October 2018, 16:08

zmick, if in two weeks we dont hear whats is happening in Istanbul then you will be elected to go there and personally take over the investigation....by Iran. Idiots should be represented in this important investigation who better than to lead it but you?