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Trump: Yes, 'Looks' Like Khashoggi Is Dead

'It certainly looks that way to me, it's very sad,' president says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2018 3:33 PM CDT
President Donald Trump gestures as he leaves the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Trump is traveling to rally in Montana, Arizona and Nevada.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Asked Thursday if he believes missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, President Trump replied, "It certainly looks that way to me, it’s very sad. It certainly looks that way." Trump, who has in the past been reluctant to place blame on Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's disappearance, said the US is awaiting the results of three investigations and that the administration will "get to the bottom" of what happened, CNN reports. "We’ll be making a statement, a very strong statement," he said, adding that there would be "very severe" consequences for anyone involved if the journalist was murdered. "But we'll see what happens," he added. Earlier Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had urged the White House to give the Saudis "a few more days." (Read more Jamal Khashoggi stories.)

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