Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Why Trump doesn't want to punish Saudi Arabia

Why Trump doesn't want to punish Saudi Arabia

'Trump's getting some criticism for his bold soft-on-murder stance, ' Colbert said on Thursday in his monologue for the CBS Late Show, referring to the president's statement on Khashoggi.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listened to an alleged audio recording of the "murder" of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ABC News reported Thursday, citing a senior Turkish official.

"I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia", treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin tweeted, referring to the meet.

This marked a hardening of tone from the Trump administration, which has been reluctant to blame ally Saudi Arabia, despite mounting evidence that the kingdom's agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside its consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago.

This year's event comes as Saudi Arabia faces intense global pressure following the disappearance and apparent death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and US resident who has written critically of the Saudi regime. The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you return to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!"

"We made clear to them that we take this matter with respect to Mr Khashoggi very seriously", Mr Pompeo told reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump.

The investigators left the residence around 1:30 am, but some of them headed to the nearby consulate to conduct a search, which was continuing into the early hours of Thursday. "But we're waiting for the results of about three different investigations, and we should be able to get to the bottom fairly soon", Trump said.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied murdering Khashoggi.

"Behind the scenes, we're told by sources, he told them they needed to hurry".

Also Friday, Turkey's pro-government Sabah newspaper printed more surveillance camera photographs allegedly showing members of a Saudi team that was brought in to Turkey to dispose of Khashoggi.

The Turkish authorities say they have audio and video evidence of the killing - although these have not been made public.

US President Donald Trump is showing us the truth behind the United States if he doesn't act against such injustices around the world.

The summit is an initiative of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is at the centre of the global controversy surrounding Khashoggi, a strident critic of the prince, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Trump so far has resisted the call for strong action against Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, several high-profile human rights groups have demanded that Turkey ask the United Nations to investigate the possible killing of Mr Khashoggi.

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