Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Pompeo listened to an alleged recording of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Pompeo listened to an alleged recording of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Trump said he was waiting for details from "about three different investigations so we can get to the bottom of" Khoshoggi's disappearance.

Pompeo, who spoke with reporters on the White House driveway after briefing Trump on his talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, said Turkey also promised to share the results of its own investigation with the Saudis.

"Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that he's dead", Trump said to The Times.

Numerous media reports citing Turkish officials state that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in the consulate and that his body was dismembered.

"US President Donald Trump reversed course on Thursday, saying it "certainly looks like" Khashoggi is dead", after remaining noncommittal about his status for days.

That puts Silicon Valley in a sensitive position in responding to Khashoggi's disappearance.

Trump, who has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions, did not say on what he based his latest statement about the writer's likely demise.

Meantime, former VP Joe Biden said the Trump administration "seems to have a love affair with autocrats" and authoritarian regimes.

Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said: "U.N. involvement is the best guarantee against a Saudi whitewash or attempts by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative business ties with Riyadh".

Ahead of Mr Trump's comments, the administration announced that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had pulled out of a major upcoming Saudi investment conference and a USA official said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader was at stake.

A spokesman for Dr Fox said: "The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account".

Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, sparking global outcry and concern.

Of the alleged killing, Saudi dissident Ali al-Ahmed told "This really is the true nature of the Saudi monarchy - it has has been able to hide and cover up this atrocity with the help of its western backers".

Trump also said on Tuesday that the criticism against the Saudi Kingdom amid the Khashoggi investigation was another instance of "guilty until proven innocent".

The statement said that the family had been in "close contact with the Saudi government at the highest level" and that they were assured that 'many steps that are being taken at the very top to answer numerous questions we, and the world have, regarding Jamal's disappearance'.

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