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Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since October 2 (image courtesy AFP)

The Deputy Chairman of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, Numan Kurtulmus, has accused the US of trying to turn a blind eye to the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking on Wednesday, he also described the comments made by President Donald Trump on the issue as “comic”.

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Kurtulmus told state broadcaster, TRT Haber, “Yesterday’s statement is a comic statement.

“It is not possible for an intelligence agency such as the CIA, which even knows the colour of the fur on the cat walking around the Saudi consulate’s garden … to not know who gave this order.

“This is not credible either for U.S. public opinion or the world public opinion.”

According to Reuters, Trump had vowed on Tuesday to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia.

He affirmed this despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, may have known about the plan to murder Khashoggi.

The murdered journalist was a U.S. resident and Washington Post’s columnist.