Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a United States resident whose writings for the Washington Post were often critical of the crown prince, was killed by a team of assassins who arrived in Turkey from Saudi Arabia the same day he vanished.
But they appear in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a Saudi government critic, Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi officials maintain he left the consulate shortly after entering, though it has failed to provide evidence to back that up, such as video footage. "We're probably getting closer than you might think but I have to find out what happened".
He said the U.S. is expecting a report on what happened to the journalist, who was last seen on 2 October when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve paperwork. The Saudis, Trump's frequently said, are customers of his. "We want to see what's going on".
The US president told reporters at the White House on Thursday that blocking US arms sales to Riyadh would simply push the Saudi government to buy weapons from Russian Federation and China. "If they have the ability and also the audacity to go into another country and kill a journalist, these aren't the kind of people maybe that we want to be selling arms to". He went in and doesn't look like he came out.
"To me, this is just one more reason why we should be very suspect about selling arms to the Saudis", Paul, R-Ky., said in a Fox News interview.
The White House said Wednesday top Trump administration officials have spoken to Salman about the mysterious disappearance of Khashoggi. "This is a bad situation".
"We don't know what has happened to him". It would be a violation of global law to harm, arrest or detain people at a diplomatic mission, he said, and noted that no such thing had ever happened in Turkey's history.
Increasing pressure on Trump to respond, a bipartisan group of US senators on Wednesday triggered a USA investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance using a human rights law.
The Magnitsky Act gives the Trump administration 120 days to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on potential sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.
It was unclear from this whether Saudi Arabia wanted to then kill him or arrest him, or if US officials made Khashoggi aware of this, the source said. "Before I discuss this I'd have to find out what happened", he said.More news: 'I don't remember': Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford's testimony
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Trump said Wednesday that he's been in touch with the "highest levels" of the Saudi government about Khashoggi's case and expressed concerns about his possible murder. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent a letter to Trump demanding that the USA impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act on any "foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi".
In the calls by Bolton, Kushner and Pompeo, she said, "they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process".
The incident has been largely absent from Saudi media, but on Thursday Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al Awsat cited an unnamed source who said the kingdom was being targeted by "those who try to exploit the reality of the disappearance". "I don't trust them one bit, '" Saffuri said.
In an essay in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Cengiz implored the president and Melania Trump to "help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".
On Trump's first trip overseas as president, he visited Saudi Arabia and announced the massive arms sales package.
Mr Khashoggi was visiting the consulate to finalise his divorce so he could marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
The Washington Post on Wednesday reported USA intelligence intercepted communications from Saudi officials over the past four months indicating Crown Prince bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia so he could be arrested.
The Post reported Wednesday evening that US intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.
He left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post.
Erdogan said on Thursday, "If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them, and [I believe] they [the Saudis] would have the most advanced of systems".