Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Donald Trump concedes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences

Donald Trump concedes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences

Trump has been exercising "an uncharacteristic amount of caution" in rendering a verdict on what happened to Khashoggi and whether the Saudi government is culpable, but on Thursday, the president "gave his hot take on the journalist's fate": "It certainly looks" like Khasoggi is dead, and "it's very said".

Asked what the consequences would be if Saudi leaders were linked to his disappearance, Trump said: "Well, it'll have to be very severe".

"We are waiting for some investigations, and waiting for the results".

"I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia", treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin tweeted, referring to the meet.

The uneven response from the administration, even as a bipartisan chorus from congressional lawmakers have called for action against Saudi Arabia, represent the difficulty of isolating a nation long seen as a US strategic partner despite its leader's growing reputation as a brutal human rights abuser.


Liam Fox, the global trade secretary, has pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" summit in Riyadh amid allegations that Saudi Arabia murdered Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist.

"He became really the senior forensic doctor in Saudi Arabia, he was head of the Saudi forensic medicine commission". "It's bad, bad stuff".

The White House referred questions to the State Department which denied Pompeo had heard the recording.

Asked about the potential U.S. response to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of murdering the Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi regime, Trump said: "It will have to be very severe".

"Canada has said this with a very strong voice".


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.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied murdering Khashoggi.

"Part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction, and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it". Turkish officials and media outlets citing unidentified sources allege that the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor was murdered inside the consulate. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said during an interview on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Mr Pompeo that his government is conducting its own investigation of what happened to Mr Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve a document for his upcoming wedding.

'Friends, loved ones, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that's a casket.


While Saudi Arabia may never reap the consequences of its actions, the world should be wary of this nation.

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