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11 October 2018, 09:57 | Myron Mathis
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Khashoggi has been a contributing writer for the Post.
"Fox & Friends" hosts (from left) Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade spoke with President Donald Trump on October 11 about Khashoggi and U.S. -Saudi relations. Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman, has done so many times. The two countries are also at odds over Iran's role in the region and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which Saudi Arabia views as threats. "Everything points to them".
Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and has been living in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and then an advisor to Saudi government officials, in the a year ago Khashoggi had written columns critical of the Saudi goverment in the Post.
The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the objective.
Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile for the past year, vanished on October 2, after he entered the consulate to obtain a document.
But the 18 others also signed the letter to send Trump a strong bipartisan message of support for a serious United States response to Khashoggi's disappearance, Senate aides said.
"It's a very sad situation, this is a bad situation", Trump said.
Trump on Monday expressed concern about Khashoggi's case and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a thorough investigation.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said that he told the Saudi ambassador the Khashoggi's disappearance could lead the U.S. to curtail arms sales to the kingdom.
"The United States can not be in a military partnership with a country that has this little concern for human life", said Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But Riyadh has not offered any evidence to prove its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, even though his fiancee was waiting outside for him.
Trump's comments Wednesday were the toughest yet from his administration. A minute later, a man disembarks from the front passenger seat of the van and also enters the building.
Yet Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, wrote in a newspaper column today that "bashing Saudi Arabia is meaningless and useless" because "Turkey and Saudi Arabia are two nations that need each other". That's unlikely to change, said Robin Wright, a scholar at the Wilson Center think tank and close friend of the missing writer.
While the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far been reluctant to confirm the killing of Khashoggi, grisly details of the murder and the operation to assassinate the Saudi journalist are being released by senior Turkish security officials. The crown prince's grand economic promises and social reforms, such as allowing women to drive, won him praise internationally but were accompanied by a sharp crackdown on dissent. "This is the right time to suspend our military support for the disastrous bombing campaign in Yemen".
Still, the Trump administration last month stood behind its support for that campaign with weapons, logistics and intelligence, certifying that the Saudis were taking adequate steps to prevent civilian deaths despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
Corker spoke with reporters after the letter was released, and he emphasized that senators "specifically said it included the highest members of the regime" and could "absolutely" lead to USA sanctions targeting the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.
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The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has promised a transparent investigation into Khashoggi's fate. He said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate this week blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
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