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USA: Trump calls Saudi response to Khashoggi killing a 'good first step'03:15

USA: Trump calls Saudi response to Khashoggi killing a 'good first step'

United States, Glendale
October 20, 2018 at 02:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia’s arrest of 18 people in connection with the alleged murder of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, while speaking to the press in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday. Trump’s statement came just after Saudi State Media said that the journalist was killed in a fight during his visit to Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

“They’ve arrested, just for the people at the table, a large number of people having to do with the event that took place in Turkey at the consulate, the Saudi consulate, and it’s a big first step,” Trump said.

Trump didn't rule out the possibility of sanctions against the Saudis, but added: "I would prefer that we don't use as retribution, cancelling the $110 billion-worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs."

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to prepare documents for his upcoming marriage, but has not been seen since. His fiancee claims to have waited outside for 11 hours but says he did not return. Turkish officials claimed he was murdered inside, while Saudi officials previously maintained that Khashoggi had left the consulate, but later reversed their position after an internal investigation, and now claim Khashoggi died as a result of a fight inside the consulate.

USA: Trump calls Saudi response to Khashoggi killing a 'good first step'03:15
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US President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia’s arrest of 18 people in connection with the alleged murder of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, while speaking to the press in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday. Trump’s statement came just after Saudi State Media said that the journalist was killed in a fight during his visit to Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

“They’ve arrested, just for the people at the table, a large number of people having to do with the event that took place in Turkey at the consulate, the Saudi consulate, and it’s a big first step,” Trump said.

Trump didn't rule out the possibility of sanctions against the Saudis, but added: "I would prefer that we don't use as retribution, cancelling the $110 billion-worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs."

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to prepare documents for his upcoming marriage, but has not been seen since. His fiancee claims to have waited outside for 11 hours but says he did not return. Turkish officials claimed he was murdered inside, while Saudi officials previously maintained that Khashoggi had left the consulate, but later reversed their position after an internal investigation, and now claim Khashoggi died as a result of a fight inside the consulate.

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