Trump warns of ‘ pun­ish­ment’ if Khashoggi killed by Saudi

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Oct. 13: US

Pres­i­dent 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 it 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.”

Nuda Dua, In­done­sia, Oct. 13: IMF chief Chris­tine La­garde said on Satur­day she was “hor­ri­fied” by re­ports about the fate of Saudi dis­si­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi but still plans to at­tend an eco­nomic meet­ing in Riyadh this month. La­garde said her plans were un­changed for now, de­spite in­ter­na­tional up­roar over the case.

“Hu­man rights, free­dom of in­for­ma­tion are es­sen­tial rights and hor­ri­fy­ing things are be­ing re­ported,” she told re­porters in Bali where the IMF is hold­ing an­nual meet­ings.

“But I have to con­duct the busi­ness of the IMF in all cor­ners in the world and with many gov­ern­ments. When I visit a coun­try, I al­ways speak my mind. So at this point my in­ten­tion is to not change my plans and to be very at­ten­tive to the in­for­ma­tion that is to come out in the next few days.”

Her com­ments came shortly af­ter US Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin an­nounced his plan to go ahead with the Oc­to­ber 23- 25 meet­ing, dubbed ‘ Davos in the Desert’.

“The an­swer is for now I am still go­ing,” Mnuchin said.

“If more in­for­ma­tion comes out over the next week, I will ob­vi­ously take that into ac­count.”” Ob­vi­ously I want to ex­press con­cern for Mr. Khashoggi and his fam­ily,” he added.


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