"We can not let this happen - to reporters, to anybody", he added during the Oval Office meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator. "I mean, maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised, but somehow I tend to doubt it".
"Part of that is what we are doing with our defense systems and everybody is wanting them and frankly, I think that would be very, very tough pill to swallow for our country". Khaled Saffuri, an Arab American political activist, told the Post that Khashoggi had discussed these offers with them and said that he would never take an offer like this seriously.
The letter urges action, including sanctions, against anyone found to be involved in the case, including "with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia". "It's a bad situation", Trump said in the Oval Office.
Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. "I don't like the concept of stopping an investment of $110bn into the United States, because you know what they're going to do?" He has said he spoke with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", and also said the United States was working "very closely" with Turkey. "We demand to know the truth", he added.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy voiced doubt there would be support in Congress to approve another arms sale to Saudi Arabia - although lawmakers haven't blocked sales before.
The Washington Post is reporting, based on us intelligence intercepts, that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia.
He was asked about a Post report that US intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi. The New York Times and the Washington Post both reported that private planes carrying Saudi Arabian agents arrived in Istanbul shortly before and after Kashoggi entered the consulate and left the same day.
A critic of the crown prince, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.
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It said that the circumstances around Khashoggi's disappearance "suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally-recognised human rights", including torture or killing. 'In fact we have a call in to his wife, in fact his wife wrote a letter addressed to my wife and myself and we're in contact with her now and we want to bring her to the White House.' Trump was referring to Khashoggi's fancee.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which ranks the kingdom 169th out of 180 on its World Press Freedom Index, said in a statement that between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now detained in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, a newspaper close to Erdogan published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men whom it said were sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi. "We're demanding everything. We want to see what's going on there", President Trump said on Wednesday.
The journalist went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Trump, however, still described the U.S. -Saudi relationship as being "excellent", and later expressed little interest in canceling or scaling back a massive, $110 billion arms deal with the Kingdom.
"To me.it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them".
Photos of the 15 men thought to be the Saudi "hit squad" checking in to hotels in Istanbul circulated and were identified by Turkish media who cited officials.
The mystery has captivated the world but also threatens to harm brittle Turkish-Saudi relations and hurt efforts by the crown prince to improve the image of his country with a reform drive.
Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been the Trump administration's point person on Saudi Arabia.