Trump To Consider Sanctions Over Missing Saudi Journalist Khashoggi
Donald Trump, the President of the United States told the media that he might consider to take some actions against Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist named Jamal Khashoggi. He also emphasized the importance of the long-run US-Saudi relationship.
Meanwhile the Turkish prosecutors in Istanbul, who are investigating the missing journalist questioned the Turkish employees present in the Saudi consulate on Friday, widened the investigating for more clues in a case which may ultimately strain Riyadh’s long-run Western alliance.
Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. Turkish officials believe he was killed in the building. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.
Speaking to reporters in Scottsdale, Arizona, Trump said it was too early to say what the consequences for the incident might be, but that the US Congress would be involved in determining the American response.
Asked whether Saudi sanctions were one of the measures he was considering, Trump said, “Could be, could be,” though he provided no details.
“We’re going to find out who knew what when and where. And we’ll figure it out,” Trump added.
Who is Jamal Khashoggi?
Jamal Khashoggi is a journalist and critic of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi was labelled as missing after entering the consulate on October 2, where he initially wanted to obtain documents for his soon-to-happen marriage. Turkish officials believe he was killed in an interrogation, however Saudi Arabia has denied such allegations.
The news of the disappearance and possible death of journalist Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, has caused an international uproar. It has also strained the long-run relations between Saudi Arabia and Western allies.
“I will very much listen to what Congress has to say. They feel very strongly about it also,” Trump said.
On-Going Search for Clues
For clues, Turkish police have searched a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for Khashoggi’s body remains. Senior Turkish officials said that the tracking routes of each car coming in and out of the consulate on October 2 has vanished from the records.
Investigators have collected samples from both buildings to analyse any traces of Khashoggi’s DNA.
Yeni Safak, a Turkish pro-government newspaper has published something that is said to be details from the audio related to Khashoggi’s disappearance. The block of text included that his interrogators severed his fingers and later dismembered him.
However, Trump died this news and said:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was never given or shown a Transcript or Video of the Saudi Consulate event. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2018
Pompeo has reassured that Washington is taking this case very seriously and that they don’t approve of extrajudicial killings.