WaPo slams Trump's 'diplomatic cleanup' over Khashoggi death

19 October, 2018, 16:44 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • Donald Trump

During an interview with the Times on Thursday, Trump reportedly said he trusted reports from his intelligence community that suggest the death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi may have been orchestrated by high-level Saudi officials.

When asked about the consequences for those involved, Trump vowed they would be 'very severe'.

The Saudis, Mr Pompeo said, also said the investigation "will be transparent" and the results made publicly available.

Meanwhile on Friday, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said allegations regarding the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be totally unacceptable if true but any response by Britain would be "considered".

If Riyadh finds a scapegoat and absolves senior members of the royal family over the disappearance of The Washington Post columnist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Trump may accept it.

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Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya broadcaster claimed the 15 men were "tourists". "It's bad, bad stuff".

Just hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had told Trump the Saudis should be given "a few more days to complete" an investigation.

Turkish police are also investigating other consular vehicles that visited places in and around Istanbul immediately after the disappearance. "It is out of the question for us to share this or that information with any country", he said, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

US President Donald Trump is showing us the truth behind the United States if he doesn't act against such injustices around the world. "We know all the details about what transpired, '" said Kislakci.

Until Wednesday, South Africa had been silent on the probable murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Instanbul, Turkey, on October 2.

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Shortly after Trump and Pompeo met at the White House, Mnuchin announced that after consulting the president and his top diplomat "I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia". Video footage collected by police from around the Saudi Consulate has shown that of the 26 vehicles that exited the compound on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, most came back, apart from the two that were carrying the members of the 15-strong assassination squad.

In his remarks, Mr Pompeo stressed the long alliance between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

In a related development, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders on Thursday urged Turkey to urgently ask UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to establish a UN investigation into the possible extrajudicial execution of Khashoggi. "You're going to get me in trouble".

Trump so far has resisted the call for strong action against Saudi Arabia.

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