Turkish President Says Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Was ‘Premeditated’ and ‘Very Cruel’

Turkish President Says Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Was ‘Premeditated’ and ‘Very Cruel’

Turkish President Says Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Was ‘Premeditated’ and ‘Very Cruel’

Trump said: "Once they thought about it, everything else they did was bad too".

The 72-year-old also told reporters at the White House today that somebody "really messed up" and whoever was behind the idea should be "in big trouble".

Erdogan said 15 Saudi officials arrived in the country shortly before Khashoggi's death and that a man, apparently dressed in the writer's clothes, acted as a possible decoy by walking out of the consulate on the day of the disappearance.

In his remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump derided the initial Saudi denial of any wrongdoing and efforts to hide what happened to Khashoggi. Other world leaders and USA officials were skeptical, however, with some suggesting that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved.

But as incredulity deepened over Saudi Arabia's account, comments from President Donald Trump have varied.

Mr Erdogan alleged the group travelled to the consulate and called the journalist to confirm his appointment to seek documentation he needed to marry his fiancee.

Erdogan on Tuesday publicly challenged Saudi explanations and declared the killing a "ferocious" premeditated murder, demanding that Saudi Arabia hold accountable those responsible. He also said he would let Congress decide how to proceed on the matter.

Naturally, one of the most asked about subjects was the situation with Saudi Arabia and Turkey following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and subsequent attempts to cover it up, which Trump said was one of the "worst" ever. "It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his weekly parliamentary address on Tuesday in Ankara, Turkey.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel was in Turkey to confer with Turkish officials about their investigation.

Days after Congress also triggered an executive branch investigation into whether Saudi Arabia should face Global Magnitsky sanctions for human rights violations, Pompeo added that the State Department and Treasury Department are reviewing that issue, too. "Covering up this kind of savagery will hurt the conscience of all humanity", he said, per the Washington Post. Reuters said on Monday that Saud al-Qahtani, an influential adviser to Bin Salman, participated in a Skype call to the room in the consulate where Khashoggi was held, telling the team to "bring me the head of the dog".

He didn't say whether the USA would impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, a longtime ally in the Middle East, however, or on members of the country's royal family.

The Turkish president said Saudi Arabia admitted to the killing.

For more than two weeks, the Saudis denied Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate, claiming he left within an hour. "$450 billion. I think that's over a million jobs, a million to- over a million jobs".

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo later said the U.S.is moving against individuals it suspects were involved in the killing, without identifying their names or nationalities. "Why is the body of a person who has officially been accepted as killed still not around?"

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