A Turkish official says investigators are assessing the possibility whether the remains of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been taken to a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city, if and after he was killed inside the diplomatic mission earlier this month. "But we're waiting for the results of about three different investigations, and we should be able to get to the bottom fairly soon", Trump said.
Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed there although this has not been confirmed by Saudi Arabia. "I mean it's bad, bad stuff, but we'll see what happens".
The US president threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered the Washington Post columnist in what appeared to be a toughened response to the situation.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak with reporters about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Washington.
"It certainly looks that way to me".
Saudi Arabia denies the killing but, under pressure from Britain, France and Germany, only recently began an investigation. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said during an interview on Tuesday.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has neither heard audio nor read a transcript related to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said in a press release. Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consult in Istanbul more than two weeks ago and is feared dead.
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".
Saudi Arabia has denied the claims, and initially insisted Mr Khashoggi had freely left the embassy.
"I think it's important for us all to remember, too - we have a long, since 1932, a long strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Pompeo told reporters, also calling Saudi Arabia "an important counterterrorism partner".
The sudden cash windfall raised some eyebrows on Wednesday, given the ongoing investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, but U.S. officials denied that the swift transfer of cash between Saudi Arabia and the United States had anything to do with Pompeo's visit to Riyadh.