Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Saudi journalist's disappearance

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump suggested Mr Khashoggi may have been killed by "rogue killers" following a phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Turkish officials say they fear a Saudi hit team killed Khashoggi, who has been missing almost two weeks.

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said.

CNN's report said the nation had not given its clearance for the attack on Khashoggi, and said "Those involved will be held responsible".

President Donald Trump says he's spoken to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened" to missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Fox News commentator Melissa Francis questioned if the Saudi government is actually behind the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish intelligence services believe was killed in Turkey by the gulf state regime. Turkish officials have also said they have audio and video recordings of Khashoggi's interrogation.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

Speaking in Toronto Monday, Trudeau said Canada will not be silenced by human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia and its leader, Mohammad Bin Salman - the young crown prince who has sought to modernize his deeply religious country but has bristled at criticism from overseas.

In a statement by the Saudi Press Agency, the government denied any involvement: "The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by waving economic sanctions, using political pressure, or repeating false accusations".

Meanwhile, more major players in global finance and industry are pulling out of a high-profile business conference in Saudi Arabia.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are now discussing the measures that can be taken if it turns out journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents while visiting the country's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. They provided no further details.

Saudi Arabia had earlier denied killing Khashoggi and denounced such assertions as "lies", saying he left the building shortly after entering.

Manchester United sources insist the club is not for sale following speculation over a takeover bid by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

"It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", he added.

"We are continuing to emphasize a virtual collapse in the NYMEX gasoline crack spreads as a bearish consideration to the crude markets that provided a significant offset to the weekend Saudi headlines in today's trade", Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note.

Trump called his top diplomat on Sunday night and asked him to have face-to-face meetings with the Saudi leaders, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. He entered the consulate alone and never came out.

Saudi's ruling family have always been linked with a takeover of United and the club have a strong working relationship with the country.

Investigators have been arriving at the building in Istanbul - first a Saudi team followed by Turkish forensic police. But Trump has said he is wary of halting USA military sales to Saudi Arabia over the incident. "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman is reported to have ordered a probe into the case.

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