World leaders welcome Crown Prince at G20

World leaders welcome Crown Prince at G20

World leaders welcome Crown Prince at G20

US President Donald Trump "exchanged pleasantries" with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit, a White House official says.

In an interview with CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson, Sen. Bob Corker said he thinks Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder, whether there is ultimately a smoking gun or not.

Canada, France, the USA and Germany have imposed targeted sanctions related to the murder of the prominent Saudi journalist.

US intelligence agencies have concluded the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing.

Khashoggi, an opinion writer for the Washington Post who was at one time a Saudi royal insider before becoming a critic of the leadership, was killed by lethal injection and dismembered by a group of Saudi men sent from the kingdom.

Trump, who was seen passing by MBS and Putin without interacting with either, is not expected to meet with the crown prince.

Prince Mohammed and Russian President Vladimir Putin both grinned broadly and greeted each other with an enthusiastic, thumping handshake that resembled a high-five, and hearty laughter. But with the agency not publicly stating so, Trump has attempted to deflect blame away from the crown prince.

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In a seemingly awkward and tense exchange, Macron pressed bin Salman on the Khashoggi investigation and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen.

French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke to the prince about the killing Khashoggi, his office confirmed.

An Elysee official said: "It's a sort of contrast between MbS's face sporting an embarrassed smile and the President's face, which was rather stern, and was keen to convey these messages in a very firm manner".

Macri has said accusations that Prince Mohammed was involved in Khashoggi's death could be discussed by world leaders during the two-day summit.

Trump cancelled his G20 meeting with Putin on Twitter Thursday, amid new revelations from Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen about the president's involvement in Russian business dealings during his campaign.

The German Chancellor's summit schedule was disrupted after a technical fault meant she had to change planes en route, delaying her arrival.

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