United States investigators looking into missing Saudi writer

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz

The crisis has heightened tensions among already-wary regional powers, and could also loosen the close - but complex - ties forged between Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and Trump, who said Thursday he wanted to get to the bottom of the Khashoggi mystery, too.

Asked about the invitation, Cengiz told Turkish state broadcaster TRT on Thursday: "I am not thinking anything on this subject at the moment". "But I said 'King - we're protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military, '" Trump said earlier in October to cheers at a rally in Mississippi.

Trump expressed reservations about withholding arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

But he added that he disagrees completely with Trump's attacks on the media and said that Trump's more general failure to make human rights a priority is encouraging repressive regimes worldwide.

The events surrounding Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance on October 2 as gleaned from footage provided to TRT World. "I mean, there's no question about it", Corker said, The Hill reported.

Many renowned USA intellectuals also called on the Trump administration to pressure the Saudi government to shed light on the Khashoggi case. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

On his first global trip as president, Mr. Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.

Asked about a Washington Post report that USA intelligence had intercepted top Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi, Trump told Fox, "It would be a very sad thing". The New York Times and the Washington Post both reported that private planes carrying Saudi Arabian agents arrived in Istanbul shortly before and after Kashoggi entered the consulate and left the same day. A spokesman for the State Department insisted the USA government had "no advance warning" of Khashoggi's disappearance.

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The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him. Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but Riyadh denies that.

President Donald Trump has expressed reservations over calls to withhold further USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia as the us looks into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered by his own government.

Khashoggi's fiance Cengiz was surprised when an American friend told her of Trump's comment about inviting her to the White House, the friend told Reuters. They are spending 110 billion on military equipment, ' Trump said, referring to proposed sales announced in May 2017 when he went to Saudi Arabia in the first overseas trip of his presidency.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate this week blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. "If I had to bet today, they ordered it, they killed him and probably very high level people were aware of it", Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Al Jazeera. Khashoggi contributed columns to the Post, including some critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The report did not cite a reason for the request, but any foot-dragging on the part of the Saudis will only reinforce suspicions that a crime is being covered up. Am I supposed to dislike them?

The other six flew in on commercial flights, according to a list obtained by Sabah, which also published their names and faces.

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been the Trump administration's point person on Saudi Arabia.

WASHINGTON ― The American president who has made a habit of calling news media "the enemy of the people" is now facing a possible effect of his words: the disappearance, perhaps murder, of a Washington-based journalist at the hands of one of the president's closest allies.

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