Trump Says He’s Spoken to Saudis About Journalist’s Disappearance: ‘We Cannot Let This Happen’
President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office today that he has spoken to the Saudi Arabian government about the mysterious disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi has been a subject of international concern for the last few days, ever since he went missing after his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi established himself as a dissident of his home country in his columns for the Washington Post. And with intelligence reports suggesting that the Saudis had plans to capture him, rumors are swirling about how he might’ve been murdered in secret.
Trump was asked about this after a presentation on Hurricane Michael, and he called it a “very sad situation” while insisting he has spoken to Saudi officials “at the highest level” about it. Trey Yingst of Fox News reports that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Jared Kushner spoke to Prince Mohammad Bin Salman on Tuesday.
NEW: NSA Bolton and Jared Kushner spoke to Prince Mohammad Bin Salman yesterday about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to @PressSec
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) October 10, 2018
The president declined to say whether he’s holding Saudi Arabia responsible for the situation, but he acknowledged the request to investigate from Khashoggi’s fiancée and said he would invite her to the White House.
“We want to get to the bottom of it,” Trump said. “We have to see what happens. Nobody knows what happened yet. They don’t know over there, but it’s a very serious situation and it’s something we’re taking very seriously.
“We cannot let this happen,” he added.
Watch above, via CNN.
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