WATCH: State Department Spox Heather Nauert Gets Testy With Reporters Over Missing Journalist
On Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addressed the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — said the State Department would welcome a “thorough” investigation.
Khashoggi, who was born in Saudi Arabia, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain wedding papers over a week ago. Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the Saudi government, was murdered inside.
Speaking of the reports surrounding his disappearance, Nauert, in a tense news conference, made it clear: “We don’t have any information on his whereabouts right now or what happened to him. As you can see, any time you turn on the news, you open the newspaper, there is a lot of speculation and a ton of rumors we’re making determinations and watching this for facts.”
She added: “We don’t have the facts yet. So we’re going to hold back on our comments until we have concrete information that the U.S. Government can share. We don’t have that information at this point right now.”
She also said that the United States government welcomed a “thorough” investigation and has been in contact with the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, who is currently headed back to Saudi Arabia.
“We welcome a thorough and transparent investigation,” Nauert said, in response to a reporter’s question. “We’ve been extremely clear about that. I can also add another piece of information, that we have communicated with the Saudi ambassador to the United States. It’s my understanding that he’s on his way back to Saudi Arabia. We have said to him that we expect information upon his return to the United States when and if we have additional information to bring you, we’ll bring it to you right away.”
According to US intelligence intercepts reported on by the Washington Post on Wednesday, before the journalist’s disappearance, Saudi officials had discussed a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him.
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