Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not directly accused Saudi Arabia of disappearing Khashoggi, He said if they have footage of Khashoggi leaving the consulate, they should release it, The Associated Press reports.
Britain's foreign secretary today warned that Saudi Arabia faces "serious consequences" if the suspicions of Turkish officials that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul turn out to be true. Meanwhile, a newspaper close to Erdogan published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men whom it said were sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi.
The lawmakers said Khashoggi's disappearance "suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights".
In the interview, Trump said the United States was working with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, adding, "We have investigators over there". But Trump has often talked down to Saudi officials by asserting that the U.S.is "protecting" them, therefore they need to pay more money in exchange for this protection.
"We want to see what's going on there", he said. He has said he spoke with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", and also said the United States was working "very closely" with Turkey.
The most direct call for punishing Riyadh came from Republican Senator Rand Paul, who wrote in a tweet earlier in the day that the Saudi killings of dissidents and opposition journalists won't stop unless the USA stops "arming and assisting" Riyadh.
His fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been invited to meet Mr Trump in the Oval Office.
"Well I have to find out who did it, but people saw him go in but they didn't see him come out, as I understand it".
"I think that would be hurting us", Trump said.
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Trump said on Thursday that Washington was looking into the disappearance. It's a very bad situation. And we're probably getting closer than you might think. "We can't let this happen". The fallout could reshape alliances in the region, where the U.S.is seeking to stabilize Syria, contain Iranian weapon development and support a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war.
The Magnitsky Act gives the Trump administration 120 days to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on potential sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.
The Post report cited US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan, as well as interviews with some of Khashoggi's friends. TV channels broadcast videos of what they said were the men arriving at the airport and checking into hotels, as well as footage of vehicle traffic outside the consulate before and after Khashoggi's disappearance, including a black van with blacked out windows that the police find suspicious.
The White House said Wednesday top Trump administration officials have spoken to Salman about the mysterious disappearance of Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman, has done so many times.
WASHINGTON ― The American president who has made a habit of calling news media "the enemy of the people" is now facing a possible outcome of his words: the disappearance, perhaps murder, of a Washington-based journalist at the hands of one of the president's closest allies. President Donald Trump: "Yeah, yeah". It has offered no evidence to support its claim the writer simply walked out of its consulate and vanished despite his fiancée waiting outside for him.
Turkish officials are hoping to enter the consulate and consul general residence to conduct an investigation.
Reports about the US appointing investigator over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are untrue, said Turkish diplomatic sources on Thursday.