Saudi dissident believes Riyadh tapped calls with Khashoggi

Saudi dissident believes Riyadh tapped calls with Khashoggi

Saudi dissident believes Riyadh tapped calls with Khashoggi

He made that point again and again as he left the White House, telling reporters, "All I can do is report what he told me".

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation of the dissident journalist's fate, while several countries - particularly Turkey, the United States, and the UK - are pressing for the case to be cleared up as soon as possible.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the US president.

The Saudi acceptance came after the kingdom on Sunday threatened retaliation for any sanctions it could face over Khashoggi.

Before Monday Trump had focused less on possible explanations for Khashoggi's likely demise than on possible punishment if the Saudis were found culpable. "There are other things we can do", he told reporters at the White House.

"I sounded to me like maybe there could have been rogue killers. We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

The company did not elaborate on the reasons for Ford's decision not to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, and did not comment on whether concerns about the disappearance of Khashoggi - a USA resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh's policies - were a factor.

Meanwhile, Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah, last week had released the names and photographs of 15 Saudi nationals who are suspected of being sent to Turkey specifically to target and kill Jamal. So what happens from now on is absolutely up to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier Monday, a cleaning crew with mops, trash bags and what appeared to be bottles of bleach walked in past waiting journalists.

US lawmakers, for their part, have come out more strongly. The officials were not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and requested anonymity. "I am immediately sending our Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) to meet with King!" "We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities".

The prince, ambitious, aggressive and just 33 in a kingdom long ruled by aging monarchs, has considerable weight in Saudi government actions. The stop was seen, in part, as an endorsement of the strong relationship between Trump, Jared Kushner - his son-in-law and senior adviser - and bin Salman.

USA lawmakers also have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis if found responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

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The UAE has affirmed its "full solidarity" with Saudi Arabia against all attempts to "undermine its regional stature and fundamental role in establishing regional peace and security", the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has said.

But the president has also said "we would be punishing ourselves" by canceling arms sales to Saudi Arabia. "Turkey-Russia relations are vulnerable and relations with Europeans are complicated", wrote Gonul Tol, the director of the Turkey program at the Washington-based Middle East Institute. A Saudi-owned satellite channel later suggested the world's largest oil exporter could wield that production as a weapon against America.

Kudlow tells ABC's "This Week" that Mnuchin "will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces" and the investigation proceeds.

News that the CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, would pull out of the conference drew angry responses across the region.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

What is Saudi Arabia saying?

. "We'll wait and see, but rest assured that when the president says we will take actions if we find out bad outcomes, he means it".

"The truth is, is far from the political reformer that he's been presented as", said Oliver.

Turkey has wanted to search the consulate for days.

Other countries in Europe like Britain, Germany and France have issued a joint statement, reported CNN.

Reports claim the writer was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, with Turkish authorities reported to have obtained audio and video recordings of the alleged murder. Certain areas of the consulate were to remain off-limits, although officials would be able to inspect surveillance cameras, Turkish media reported.

Neither JP Morgan nor Ford would elaborate on the reasons for the decision not to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh later this month, and did not comment on whether concerns about the disappearance of Khashoggi were a factor.

The moves by the USA executives follow similar withdrawals from the event by JP Morgan & Chase Co Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Ford Motor Co Chairman Bill Ford on Sunday.

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