Trump Says 'Rogue Killers' May Be Behind Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance


A Turkish diplomatic source said investigators would inspect the consulate on Monday afternoon, following delays last week when the two countries agreed to work together to find out what happened to Khashoggi, a critic of the Kingdom's policies.

Turkey said Erdogan "stressed forming a joint working group to probe the case". I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!'

Saudi Arabia has begun an internal investigation into the disappearance of a prominent journalist at its Istanbul consulate and could hold people accountable if the evidence warrants it, according to a Saudi official.

A leading USA senator says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shouldn't attend a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia later this month in the wake of reports that journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment", he said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and Saudi citizen residing in the United States, vanished on October 2 after visiting the building to obtain official documents.

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Future contracts on the S&P 500 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq were all in the red, indicating that investors remain cautious about USA stocks after last week's sharp sell-off.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still plans to attend a previously scheduled Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as the investigation progresses, said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

The senator calls Saudi Arabia "a key leverage and hedge point against Iranian influence in the region".

Trump's warning caused Saudi stocks to tumble by around 7 percent at one point in trading on Sunday, wiping out all of their gains for 2018. Turkish officials say they have proof of his murder and torture at the hands of the Saudis in the form of audio and video taken from Khashoggi's Apple Watch (the Apple Watch portion is nearly certainly a lie made in order to protect Turkish surveillance methods).

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi King Salman amid the mounting worldwide backlash over missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The statement was issued as worldwide concern grew over the writer who vanished on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago.

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A Gulf banker said the Khashoggi case, combined with other events, had become a significant factor for some potential investors.

The crown prince, ambitious, aggressive and just 33 in a kingdom long ruled by aging monarchs, has considerable weight in Saudi government actions.

Saudi Arabia has rejected any "threats" of economic sanctions or political pressure from the global community over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a report from state news agency SPA.

Meanwhile, Saudi King Salman spoke by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Khashoggi.

Aldakhil added that Saudi arms purchases from the USA and other trade could be at risk as well.

Mohammed Zidan, a market strategist at Thinkmarket in Dubai said, "There has been a kind of uncertainty surrounding the situation of the disappearance of Khashoggi, which has caused the market to fall". Mr. Trump did tell CBS News' "60 Minutes" there would be "severe punishment" if Khashoggi is dead and the Saudis are found responsible.

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