Trump says he is not satisfied with Saudi handling of Khashoggi death

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chats with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chats with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

"They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it". It had taken Riyadh so long to investigate the journalist's death as the agents had given authorities a false report, the official added.

The president said, "Saudi Arabia has been a great ally of ours". Qahtani is Prince bin Salman's communications chief and an outspoken supporter of his controversial policies over the years - he has a Twitter following of over 1.35 million people.

In a statement issued early Saturday morning in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, the Saudis claimed that some number of unnamed "suspects" had traveled to the consulate to meet with Khashoggi, "as there were indications of the possibility of his returning" to Saudi Arabia.

Some governments and prominent executives have said they would pull out of a forthcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia. The unnamed suspects then attempted "to hide and cover what happened", the Saudi government claimed, without elaborating.

What will happen to those dismissed and detained is not clear. Saudi Arabia ranked sixth past year with approved sales of 254 million euros ($292 million), mostly reflecting deliveries of patrol boats, according to a government report published in June.

Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first overseas destination as president, and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has developed close ties with Prince Mohammed, apparently seeing him as an ally in advancing his yet-to-be-released peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Mr Khashoggi's death was credible, Mr Trump said "I do". The so-called anti-corruption drive generated over $100 billion in settlements.

In an interview with The Washington Post published on October 21, Trump said "their stories are all over the place", in his strongest comments to date. The fact that Khashoggi was a journalist shouldn't make the killing any more - or less - tragic, even if he did work as a high priest for one of the cathedrals of media: the Washington Post.

"I'm sure I'll be speaking with the president before I go there", Mnuchin said. "I am an employee and a faithful executor of the orders of the King and His Highness the faithful Crown Prince", he wrote in an October 17 tweet. We're going to find out.

"Over the past 18 months, MBS's communications team within the Royal Court publicly has chastised, and worse, intimidated anyone who disagrees". "MBS" is a reference to the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Eighteen Saudi citizens were detained by the Saudi government in connection with Khashoggi's killing, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency.

"The quality and significance of the relationship we have with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also rests with the respect we have for the norms and values to which the Saudi authorities and us are jointly committed under worldwide law", they warned. "I have seen it many times".

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