Trump: 'Rogue Killers' Might Have Murdered Journalist

President sends secretary of state to Saudi Arabia in regard to Jamal Khashoggi
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2018 8:21 AM CDT
Updated Oct 15, 2018 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nearly two weeks after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia is making moves to clear its name: It will allow a joint inspection of its Turkish embassy Monday afternoon, and King Salman is personally denying his kingdom had anything to do with how the journalist vanished. "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen,'" President Trump tweeted early Monday. "He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer." Trump also said he is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with King Salman.

“It sounded to me like maybe there could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” Trump told reporters after his morning tweet, reports Reuters. The president added that “we are going to leave nothing uncovered,” while pointing out that the king's denial "could not have been stronger." Pompeo, meanwhile, is expected to travel from Riyadh on to Turkey, reports the AP. (Things weren't nearly as friendly between the US and Saudi Arabia on Sunday.)

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