Trump accuses Saudis of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing

Trump accuses Saudis of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing

Three European powers - Germany, Britain and France - pressed Riyadh to provide facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.

Speaking at an event in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan stated that Turkey seeks justice and will reveal the "naked truth", reported Xinhua news agency.

A longtime USA critic of Saudi Arabia says he feels certain that Crown Prince Mohammed directed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi officials originally said Khashoggi, who entered the diplomatic mission on October 2, had left unharmed, before announcing Friday that he was killed inside the building in what they described as an altercation.

Democrats have repeatedly lashed out at Mr Trump's response as weak and indecisive, and they said his latest reaction fell short as well. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover it up.

"It's my thinking that MBS was involved in this, that he directed this and that this person was purposefully murdered", Sen.

The crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that", Corker said. "Yes, I think he did it", Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union".

During an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press", Sen.




King Salman ordered the dismissal of five officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court adviser seen as the right-hand man to Prince Mohammed, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.

Barring an unlikely "confession" from Prince Mohammed, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said Sunday, "the president is going to accept the crown prince's denials like he's accepted Mr Putin's denials and Kim Jong Un's denials".

Turkey's official news agency says the fiancée of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi has been given 24-hour police protection.

Sen. Rand Paul earlier on Fox News Sunday also told Wallace he found their explanation "insulting" and added that it "strains credulity", but could not explain why President Trump believes them.

USA congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom should face severe consequences for Khashoggi's murder. "And what happened subsequent to that".

After days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia on Saturday claimed Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Mr Khashoggi on Oct 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped, then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.

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