The Turkish government has informed American officials that it has audio and video recordings proving that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared from his country's consulate in Istanbul last week, was killed inside the building, according to United States and Turkish officials.
Saudi Arabia interior minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said reports that the Saudi government ordered the killing of Khashoggi were "lies and baseless allegations against the government of the Kingdom", according to a statement in the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) published on Saturday morning.
"Could it be them?"
Trump added, "We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment".
At the same time, the US President made it clear that he does not want to hurt US jobs by stopping military sales to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.
He mysteriously vanished more than a week ago, and was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
One Turkish official told the New York Times that Khashoggi had been killed by a team of Saudi agents within hours of arriving at the Saudi consulate and an autopsy expert helped dismember his body.
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When asked whether he would consider Saudi sanctions, Trump said he was reluctant to stop supplying Riyadh with U.S. weaponry. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Saudis welcomed the joint effort and said the kingdom was keen "to sustain the security and safety of its citizenry, wherever they might happen to be". His disappearance has sparked worldwide outrage and led a number of prominent media companies and journalists to pull out of a planned major media conference set for Saudi Arabia later this month.
"Well, it depends on what the sanction is", he said.
"There's a lot at stake", he said.
The interior minister also stressed the Kingdom's keenness on the interest of its citizens at home and overseas and its keenness in particular to clarify the whole truth about the disappearance of the citizen Jamal Khashoggi. I don't want to lose an order like that.
He says "there are other ways of punishing".