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"I heard that report, but nobody knows if it's an official report", Trump told reporters, without elaborating.

President Donald Trump, who dispatched Pompeo to Riyadh amid strained ties with the key ally, has speculated that "rogue killers" may be responsible after speaking with King Salman.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the USA president.

But on Oct 11, The Washington Post reported that the Turkish government told United States officials it had audio and video recordings to proof the journalist had been killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported earlier Monday that Saudi officials were discussing such a plan.

Investigators entered the building in Istanbul on Monday afternoon - first a Saudi team followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police.

Citing two unidentified sources, CNN reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would acknowledge Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong. "Determining what happened to Jamal Khashoggi is something of great importance to the president", she said. That potentially offers the US -allied kingdom a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.




Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 16, 2018.

Trump's warning drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

Idris also claimed that available evidence pointed to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "the man behind the murder", adding that it was carried out by the latter's agents, including his bodyguards.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington also canceled its National Day party, which was scheduled for Thursday.

The unexplained disappearance and presumed killing of Jamal Khashoggi brings attention to the security crackdown in Saudi Arabia since Mohammed bin Salman ("MBS") became crown prince in June 2017. Those intercepts were shared with senators in classified materials last week, making it impossible to suppress them. Trump has repeatedly said he does not want to risk what he claims is $110 billion in arms sales to the Saudis. Writing in an op-ed yesterday, Aldakhil suggested that the Russians and Iranians will exploit the vacuum while the West would suffer economically due an astronomical rise in oil price, which he said could increase to as much as $200 a barrel.

Appearing on the progressive SiriusXM daily talk show Signal Boost, the House Speaker questioned why Trump's first major overseas trip as president was a visit to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis hit Canada with a series of economic retaliatory measures.

Khashoggi moved to Washington after Crown Prince Mohammed began a kingdomwide anti-corruption crackdown, including efforts to silence dissidents. The uncertainty regarding Mr Khashoggi's fate has also led to a number of business executives like Virgin's Richard Branson and JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon as well as media partners withdrawing from an upcoming investment conference in Riyadh this month. The columnist is one of the best-known news-media personalities in the kingdom and has been a confidant to several previous kings and princes.


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