Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

Trump Speaks to Saudi King, Sends Pompeo for Follow-Up

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said he had sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia and raised the possibility that "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey almost two weeks ago.

Mr Trump said at the White House that he had spoken with King Salman, who told him he had no knowledge of Khashoggi's fate.

The Washington Post, to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist, has said the Turkish government had told U.S. officials it had audio and video recordings showing how Khashoggi was "interrogated, tortured and then murdered" by a 15-member Saudi security team inside the consulate before his body was dismembered.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to search the building but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, an official said: "The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations". It said one of the sources told them that the intention was to abduct Khashoggi and it had not been authorized by the Saudi government. Two leading Republican senators said Congress stands ready to act, including a possible halt of military sales, if President Donald Trump doesn't.

While organizers said Monday the conference will go on, the Saudis cancelled an annual diplomatic reception in Washington set for later this week.

Khashoggi, 59, disappeared earlier this month after he entered the Saudi Consulate to obtain documents related to his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman. Turkish officials have said authorities believe he was murdered there and his body removed.

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More than a week has passed since Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi has vanished since visiting the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul. The two soon agreed to marry, but in order to do so he needed to finalise his divorce with his first wife in Saudi Arabia.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman on Sunday discussed the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their first telephone talks on the controversy, both sides said.

Donald Trump has speculated that "rogue killers" may have been responsible for the death.

Khashoggi was USA resident and wrote articles for The Washington Post, splitting his time between Virginia, London, and Istanbul since he left Saudi Arabia in June 2017.

Mr Trump has sent US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to meet the King. "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto. But Saudi Arabia strongly rejects he was killed inside the mission.

The UK, Germany and France have demanded a credible investigation into the disappearance.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, left, chats with his son and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 8, 2017.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the journalist's disappearance and in a statement Sunday warned that "if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action".

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