Trump will benefit of the doubt Saudi Arabia disappearance of journalists

WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has with Saudi Arabia showed the benefit of the doubt in the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as U.S. lawmakers mounted the finger at the Saudi regime and Western pressure on Riyadh to provide answers.

“I think we need to find out what happened,” trump compared to the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. “Here we go again, you know you are guilty, until their innocence is proved.” I don’t like it.”

Trump referred to his nomination by Brett Kavanuagh to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ran into trouble in the Senate, after several women came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Trump, said Saudi Arabia bin earlier in a Twitter post Crown Prince Mohammed to know what happens where Khashoggi disappeared over there to go to collect documents for his planned two weeks ago in the Saudi Consulate needed Salman denied in Istanbul marriage.

Turkish officials said that they believe the Saudi journalist was murdered and his body away, who have strongly denied the Saudis. Khashoggi was a resident of the United States, who wrote columns for the Washington Post, and he criticized the Saudi Government required reforms.

“just spoke to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, which totally refuses to no knowledge about what happened in their Turkish Consulate,” wrote Trump on Twitter. Trump also wrote, that the Crown Prince “told me he has already begun and will rapidly expand, a full and comprehensive investigation into this matter.” Answers will follow soon.”

as the Crown Prince, commonly referred to as MbS, occurs when the dust that disappear on Khashoggis has is a test of how in northwestern Arabia will deal with Saudi in the future. In the main proceedings are the extent to which they believe that MbS for Khashoggi responsible.

MbS, who enjoyed a close relationship with the asset management, painted as the face of a new, vibrant Saudi Arabia economic diversification away from dependence on oil and to make social change.

There was criticism of some of the movements of the Prince

but human rights issues.

These include riads participation in the war in Yemen, the detention of women activists and a diplomatic dispute with Canada. The Kingdom denied even a statement by France, that it instead of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri captured in the November 2017.

despite Western concerns about the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, Trump still says he is not ready to pull the arms purchase agreements with Riyadh.

also Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from plans for a high-profile Investment Conference on October 23, all indications from Saudi Arabia Trump is the first country he visited as President in the year 2017. Trump said that AP Mnuchins trip could be canceled by Friday depending on what is the investigation.

U.S. Mike Pompeo Secretary of State, Salman, the Crown Prince and Foreign Minister, met with Saudi King said his assessment of the meetings was, that’s “a serious commitment determine all facts and accountability, including” Responsibility for Saudi Arabia leaders or senior officials.

Pompeo is expected to travel in Turkey on Wednesday.

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Pompeo and Trump a dilemma for the United States, Britain and other Western Nations in dealing with an authoritarian monarchy to respond that usually it will not bow to foreign pressure. Saudi Arabia’s top oil exporter who lavishly spends world, Western arms and a large Sunni Muslim allies.

United States Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump on some problems of the Crown Prince called a “toxic” figure, add, “He never can be a world leader on the international stage.”

“I’ve been their greatest defenders on the floor of the Senate of the United States, said Graham.” This guy is a wrecking ball. He had this man murdered in a Consulate in Turkey and expected that I to ignore it. I feel used and abused”, said Graham.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

the Group of seven said they were “very worried” by Khashoggis disappear, and looked forward to Riyadh a “thorough, credible, transparent, and timely investigation, as advertised.”

the statement was unusual for a group, which normally weighs in on global foreign-policy questions and speaks generally about the human rights violations in other countries.

US media reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.

Trump speculated on Monday that “rogue killer” could be behind the disappearance but gave no evidence for this theory.

Congress pressure

members of Congress, including some colleagues and Trump’s Republicans, are among the loudest voices in the United States demanding answers and fearing Khashoggi, who moved to Washington in the last year against retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed.

representatives who Republicans said Jeb Hensarling, outgoing Chairman of the House of representatives financial services Committee, Washington could seriously to review relations with Saudi Arabia if Riyadh kill Khashoggi was involved.

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slideshow “If this was a State-sanctioned murder, it could be, then it must be the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to a fundamental rethinking of our relationship over. Absolutely ” said Hensarling of the Reuters news agency.

the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan pointed out that parts of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to disappear since Khashoggis was been repainted.

“the investigation is in many ways as toxic substances and materials from searching by repainting,” Erdogan told reporters.

a Turkish source said that the search of the Consulate “Evidence” provided but no conclusive evidence that Khashoggi’s was killed.

the source confirmed that Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi left Istanbul on Tuesday returned to Riyadh. The source said that the Turkish authorities had not asked him to go.

A search of Saudi Consul of Istanbul became the residence for the day cancelled, because Saudi officials not to join were, Turkish police said. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu had already said on Tuesday that their investigation Khashoggis would extend disappearance residence by the Saudi Consul and some vehicles belonging to Turkish officials.

display unease about the case of Khashoggi, international media and executives are pulling Oct. 23 investment conference.

London Stock Exchange (LSE. L) Managing Director David Schwimmer in the list on Tuesday, as the CEOs of HSBC (HSBA. L), Standard Chartered (STAN. L), Credit Suisse (CSGN. S), and BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA), and David Bonderman, the billionaire of Chairman and founding partner of private equity firm TPG.

Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against pressure or economic sanctions.

On Monday, after denying reported

CNN for two weeks of a role in his get out, Saudi Arabia was prepared to say he died in a botched interrogation. The New York Times reported that Prince Mohammed had approved a survey or kidnapping of Khashoggi and the Government would give him shield due to the fault of an intelligence officer.

could not be reached for a comment

saudi Arabian authorities.

Turkish authorities have an audio recording that indicates that Khashoggi was killed at the Consulate, said the Turkish sources of Reuters.

the Saudi riyal SAR = recovered itself after fell to the lowest level in two years over fears that foreign investment could shrink. The Saudi stock market index. TASI initially fell 3 percent but ended up state connected means came to buy at the end.

reporting by Makini Brice and Leah Millis; Additional reporting by Yesim Dikmen and Sarah Dadouch and Bülent USTA in Istanbul Orhan Coskun, Gulsen Solaker, ECE Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara, John Revill in Basel, Oliver Shepherd in Zurich, Lawrence white in London and Jonathan Spicer, Lesley Wroughton, Tim Ahmann and Susan Heavey in Washington and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Writing by Yara Bayoumy and Alistair Bell; Editing our standards by will Dunham and Grant McCool

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