US President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed reports of covering up for his country’s ally Saudi Arabia in the suspected torturing and dismembering of a critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Media reports in Turkey allege that Khashoggi was not only murdered by Saudi agents in their consulate in Istanbul, but brutally killed.
The missing journalist had been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
And many observers believe that Trump has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi, a US resident, was declared missing, because the US president has repeatedly praised Saudi Arabia as a major customer for the US weapons industry.
When asked if his consistently cautious approach to the scandal amounts to a cover-up, Trump said: “No not at all, I just want to find out what’s happening.”
The president said he would get a “full report” from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the diplomat’s return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders, allowing him to assess what really happened.
“We will probably know that by the end of the week,” Trump said.