DONALD TRUMP says the United States would get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the missing of a Saudi journalist, vowing that there would be “severe punishment” if he were found to have been killed.
The U.S. President said on Saturday morning, that the case of Jamal Khashoggi was “being looked at very, very strongly” and that his administration “would be very upset and angry” if it turned out that the Saudi government had ordered his killing.
“As of this moment, they deny it, and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes,” he said.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, went into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée. He hasn’t been seen in public since.
Most media sponsors pull out of Saudi conference after the journalist disappeared.
Turkish authorities claim they have audio and visual evidence that showed Khashoggi was killed this week inside the Saudi Consulate.
The evidence reportedly showed there was an assault and a struggle inside the consulate.
When asked on Saturday, if he had seen or heard the evidence, Trump said “we are going to be seeing it very soon.”
Turkish authorities believe 15 Saudi men who arrived in Istanbul on October 2 were connected to Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible killing. At least some of them appear to have high-level connections in the Saudi government.