Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul during a botched interrogation, CNN reported Monday. The incident has resulted in a global outrage and more so in the USA as he lived here as a legal permanent resident and worked for The Washington Post.
Trump paid his first foreign visit as president to Saudi Arabia previous year, praised its new young ruler, the king's son Prince Mohammed, and boasted of striking a deal to sell $110 billion (€95 billion) of USA weapons to the kingdom, something the president said he doesn't want to halt over the missing reporter, because it would hurt the U.S. economy.
Trump says he's dispatching Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) to meet with the king of Saudi Arabia to try to find out what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Concern over Khashoggi's disappearance has seen media organisations and a growing number of guests pull out of a "Davos in the Desert" investment conference set for October 23-25, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Prince Mohammed's reform vision.
"This is a very serious situation, which Canada takes seriously", Freeland told reporters on Parliament Hill, nothing how Canadian officials are working closely with G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on the issue.
Past US presidents have opposed the bill but the chances of it being passed may have increased because of Trump's frequent criticism of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which he accuses of driving up oil prices.
"Nobody knows" whether Saudi officials are involved although they "deny it vehemently", Trump said in an excerpt of a CBS News "60 Minutes" interview to be broadcast on Sunday night. "Orders must have come from the top". "We're demanding everything", he said. "This is not leadership".
Saudis accused of ordering the murder of dissent reporter Jamal Khashoggi. But all I can say is that we are monitoring the situation. He said the U.S. was working with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to figure out what happened.
Senator Dick Durbin called for a strong response from the US.
Endeavor Content is considering withdrawing from a $400 million Saudi investment in the company, following the disappearance - and suspected murder - of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
King Salman emphasised the importance of the Turkey-Saudi relationship and said no-one should be able to "undermine the strength of this relationship", Saudi's official media reported. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman, who is next in line to the throne.
King Salman ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.
Khashoggi's fate has troubled Washington and Saudi Arabia's other traditional Western allies. These include the World Bank, The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNBC and Uber.
Speaking to lawmakers, Chrystia Freeland said Canada was "very concerned" about Khashoggi's disappearance and conveyed this earlier to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
October 8: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warns the Saudis of consequences if the government is found complicit in Khashoggi's disappearance.