Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead; Turkey police search forest for remains

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his visit to the Kingdom this week, the Saudi Arabian government promised a full investigation into the disappearance and presumed death of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the U.S., disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce.

The Washington Post has previously cited unnamed USA and Turkish officials pointing to audio and video recordings that supposedly prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and was then dismembered.

Trump has previously said he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have suggested - because it would harm the United States economically. I mean, it's bad, bad stuff.

Danny Toma, a retired USA foreign service officer, tells OneNewsNow the United States must tread carefully before directing accusing bin Salman.

Asked if Khashoggi was dead, he said, "It certainly looks that way". Trump and Pompeo are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday.

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal cited Turkish officials as saying that Saudi agents beat, drugged, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi in front of Otaibi, the Saudi consul.

President Donald Trump waves off further questions as he heads to board Air Force One after talking to reporters about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance while departing for travel to Montana from Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 18, 2018.

President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure from Congress over his handling of Khashoggi's disappearance, exposing a widening rift between the White House and Capitol Hill over the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Yeni Safak did not say how the tapes came into existence or how it obtained them.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, vanished on October 2 after entering the consulate. "You are going to get me in trouble".

According to Axios, Pompeo told the crown prince he had 72 hours to finish the probe to shed light into Khashoggi's disappearance and find out if murder allegations were true if he wanted to avoid tarnishing Saudi Arabia's "place on the world stage".

Trump previously speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was postponing a planned trip to Saudi Arabia pending the outcome of the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, calling the case "extremely worrying. and disturbing".