AS PRES­SURE MOUNTS ON RIYADH, TRUMP SAYS HE EX­PECTS AN­SWERS ON THE WEEK­END ABOUT WHAT HAP­PENED TO JA­MAL KHASHOGGI. MEAN­WHILE CANADA’S OUSTED EN­VOY SAYS HU­MAN RIGHTS CAN’T DRIVE POL­ICY.

U.S. PRES­I­DENT WAIT­ING FOR RE­PORT ON WHAT HAP­PENED TO MISS­ING WRITER

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The United States will get an­swers on the miss­ing Saudi Ara­bian jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi “by the end of the week,” Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day, as pres­sure mounted on the Gulf king­dom over grue­some new de­tails of the sus­pected mur­der.

Trump said he “did not like” that Riyadh was “guilty un­til proven in­no­cent” and would wait for a full re­port on what might have hap­pened to Khashoggi in the con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct 2.

“I just want to find out what’s hap­pen­ing,” the U.S. pres­i­dent said, re­spond­ing to ac­cu­sa­tions that his ad­min­is­tra­tion was soft-pedalling its re­sponse. “I’m not giv­ing cover at all.”

Trump in­di­cated that Wash­ing­ton would not lightly aban­don its al­liance with Riyadh — a his­toric cus­tomer for the U.S. weapons in­dus­try and “part­ner in the fight against ter­ror­ism.”

Mike Pom­peo, the sec­re­tary of state, was dis­patched to Tur­key after vis­it­ing Saudi Ara­bia, where he was pic­tured laugh­ing dur­ing what ap­peared to be a jovial meet­ing with Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.

His meet­ing with Turk­ish of­fi­cials came hours after Yeni Safak, a Turk­ish news­pa­per, claimed to have an au­dio record­ing of Khashoggi’s mur­der. The news­pa­per said Khashoggi made the record­ing us­ing an app on his Ap­ple watch. The au­dio de­scribes the 60-year-old Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist as hav­ing his fin­gers cut off and be­ing de­cap­i­tated min­utes after en­ter­ing the con­sulate.

The news­pa­per said Saudi Con­sul-Gen­eral Mo­hammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those who were al­legedly tor­tur­ing Khashoggi: “Do this out­side; you’re go­ing to get me in trou­ble.”

The news­pa­per said a man iden­ti­fied as Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy, a foren­sic pathol­o­gist, replied: “Shut up if you want to live when you re­turn to (Saudi) Ara­bia.”

He told the oth­ers to put on head­phones and lis­ten to mu­sic while he took seven min­utes to dis­mem­ber the body.

Trump said the U.S. was ask­ing Tur­key for the au­dio, “if it ex­ists,” though sources in Ankara have pre­vi­ously in­di­cated they have al­ready shared it with Wash­ing­ton.

The pres­i­dent has posited that “rogue killers” could be re­spon­si­ble, a claim that would al­low the rul­ing fam­ily to dis­tance them­selves from the al­leged mur­der, but one widely viewed as im­plau­si­ble in light of the grow­ing ev­i­dence.

Trump said: “I hope that the (Saudi) king and the crown prince didn’t know about it. That’s the big fac­tor in my eyes, and I hope they haven’t.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were Wed­nes­day night search­ing the res­i­dence of the Saudi Con­sul-Gen­eral. Turk­ish re­ports sug­gested ve­hi­cles with diplo­matic plates were driven from the con­sulate to Otaibi’s home a mile away, where it is said parts of Khashoggi’s body were ei­ther dumped or buried.

In­ter­na­tional pres­sure on the king­dom is grow­ing. John McDonnell, the U.K. shadow chan­cel­lor, said Bri­tain should con­sider sanc­tions on Saudi Ara­bia. Heiko Maas, Ger­many’s for­eign min­is­ter, has de­layed a sched­uled trip to Saudi over its grow­ing con­cern over the colum­nist’s fate. And the G7 for­eign min­is­ters said they re­mained “very trou­bled” by the dis­si­dent’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

CHRIS MCGRATH / GETTY IM­AGES

Turk­ish po­lice search the rooftop of the Saudi Ara­bian con­sulate gen­eral res­i­dence as investigations con­tinue into the dis­ap­pear­ance of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi on Wed­nes­day in Is­tan­bul, Tur­key.

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