U.S. Officials Urge Caution In Journalist Disappearance

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Turkey claims to have an audio recording from within the Saudi Consulate proving that Saudi journalist – and Washington Post columnist – Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

President Donald Trump said “I’m not sure yet that it exists. It probably does. Possibly does. I’ll have a full report on that from Mike when he comes back.”

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Erdogan Wednesday. He also met with the Saudi Crown Prince on Tuesday – saying afterward that the U.S. would give ‘space’ to Turkey and Saudi Arabia to complete their investigation.

Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State said, “We need to know the facts before we can begin to formulate what the appropriate response would be. I do think it’s important that everyone keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships – financial relationships between US and Saudi companies.”

Relationships that President Trump praised during Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

President Trump said, “They’re a tremendous purchaser of not only military equipment, but other things. When I went there, they committed to purchase $450 billion worth of things. And $110 billion worth of military. Those are the biggest orders in the history of this country.”

Turkish officials said Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after his death and that a fresh coat of paint was applied everywhere inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before Turkish investigators gained access to the building Monday evening.

President Trump said “I want to find out what happened and where is the fault and we will know that by the end of the week.”