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Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Trump vows to look into, has talked to Saudis

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Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s working with Turkey to find
out what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi.

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  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s spoken to
    people at the “highest level” of the Saudi Arabian government
    about
    the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
    , who
    is feared dead. 
  • Trump said he hopes Khashoggi is not dead and says he’s
    working with the Turkish government to get to the bottom of
    it. 
  • “We’re demanding everything. We want to see what’s going
    on,” Trump said.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s spoken to people at
the “highest level” of the Saudi Arabian government about

the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
, who
officials fear is dead. 

“We’re demanding everything. We want to see what’s going
on,” Trump told reporters. “It’s a very serious situation for us
and for this White House.”

The president also said he hopes Khashoggi is
alive. 

“This is a bad situation,” Trump said.” We can not let this
happen, to reporters, to anybody, we can’t let this happen. And
we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”

Trump would not say whether he thought the Saudi government
was responsible for Khashoggi’s mysterious disappearance, adding
that nobody knows what happened.

The president has a close relationship with the Saudis and
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, which he acknowledged while
speaking with reporters. He has
recently butted heads with the Turkish government
. But Trump
on Wednesday said he’s working closely with Turkey to get answers
on Khashoggi’s disappearance. 

Khashoggi went missing last week after entering the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document to marry his Turkish
fiancée. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said she waited outside for
roughly 11 hours and he never came out. 

Trump on Wednesday referenced an op-ed Cengiz wrote

imploring him to “shed light”
on what happened to Khashoggi.
Trump said he’s inviting her to the White House. 

Turkish officials have accused a 15-man team of Saudis of
killing Khashoggi. They allege the group dismembered his body
with a bone saw, placed it in boxes, and transported it out of
the country. 

Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied the allegations and has
claimed he left the embassy. But they’ve provided no evidence to
back up that assertion as Turkish officials continue to
investigate the reporter’s disappearance. 

Khashoggi had been living in the US and wrote op-eds for
The Washington Post that were often critical of the Saudi
government, its role in the ongoing Yemen conflict, and its
brutal crackdown on dissent. He was once closely linked to the
royal family, but left Saudi Arabia last year over fear of
retribution for his critical reporting. 

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