Trump warns of ‘ pun­ish­ment’ if Khashoggi killed by Saudi

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Oct. 13: US

P r e s i d e n t Don­ald Trump has warned that Wash­ing­ton will in­flict “se­vere pun­ish­ment” if it’s found that miss­ing jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi has been mur­dered by Saudi Ara­bia.

The Saudi critic has not been seen since he walked into the king­dom’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oc­to­ber 2, with Turk­ish of­fi­cials ac­cus­ing Riyadh of mur­der­ing him in­side the diplo­matic mis­sion.

“We’re go­ing to get to the bot­tom of it and there will be se­vere pun­ish­ment,” Mr Trump

told CBS’s 60 Min­utes pro­gramme. “As of this mo­ment, they deny it and they deny ve­he­mently. Could it be them? Yes,” Mr Trump said when asked about the Khashoggi is­sue. Mr Trump added the mat­ter was es­pe­cially im­por­tant “be­cause this man was a re­porter.”

The Pres­i­dent said he was not keen to limit arms sales to the king­dom. “They are or­der­ing mil­i­tary equip­ment. Every­body in the world wanted that or­der… We got it … I’ll tell you what I don’t want to do. Boe­ing, Lock­heed, Raytheon, I don’t want to hurt jobs... There are other ways of pun­ish­ing, to use a word that’s a pretty harsh word, but it’s true.” it

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