‘pun­ish­ment for sAuDi if Jour­nAL­ist WAs KiLLeD’

Khashoggi, a critic of Riyadh who wrote col­umns for the dis­ap­peared on 2 Oc­to­ber af­ter vis­it­ing the con­sulate.

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said in a CBS in­ter­view on Satur­day that there would be “se­vere pun­ish­ment” for Saudi Ara­bia if it turns out that miss­ing Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.

Trump said he did not want to block mil­i­tary sales to Saudi Ara­bia, one op­tion that has rat­tled US de­fense con­trac­tors, say­ing, “I don’t want to hurt jobs.”

Khashoggi, a prom­i­nent critic of Riyadh and a U.S. res­i­dent who wrote col­umns for the Wash­ing­ton Post, dis- ap­peared on 2 Oc­to­ber af­ter vis­it­ing the con­sulate.

“We’re go­ing to get to the bot­tom of it and there will be se­vere pun­ish­ment,” Trump said. Asked whether Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man gave an or­der to kill Khashoggi, Trump said, “No­body knows yet, but we’ll prob­a­bly be able to find out.” Trump added in ex­cerpts of the “60 Min­utes” in­ter­view that will air on Sun­day, “We would be very up­set and an­gry if that were the case.”

Trump said there was much at stake with Khashoggi case, “maybe es­pe­cially so” be­cause he was a re­porter.

Ma­jor US de­fense con­trac­tors have ex­pressed con­cern to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion that law­mak­ers an­gered by Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance will block fur­ther arms deals with Riyadh. But Trump said he did not want to lose mil­i­tary sales to Saudi Ara­bia that are cov­eted by US com­peti­tors Rus­sia and China, also ex­porters of mil­i­tary equip­ment. “I don’t want to lose an or­der like that,” he said, men­tion­ing the com­pa­nies Boe­ing, Lock­heed and Raytheon. “And you know what, there are other ways of pun­ish­ing,” he said, with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

Mean­while, Turkey’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Khashoggi has re­vealed record­ings made on his Ap­ple Watch pur­port­edly in­di­cat­ing he was tor­tured and killed, a Turk­ish news­pa­per re­ported on Satur­day.

The re­port in the pro-govern­ment Sabah daily, which could not im­me­di­ately be ver­i­fied, emerged af­ter a del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia ar­rived in Turkey for a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his dis­ap­pear­ance. “The mo­ments when Khashoggi was in­ter­ro­gated, tor­tured and mur­dered were recorded in the Ap­ple Watch’s mem­ory,” the pa­per said, adding that the watch had synched with his iPhone, which his fi­ancee was car­ry­ing out­side the con­sulate.

Two se­nior Turk­ish of­fi­cials pre­vi­ously told Reuters that Khashoggi had been wear­ing a black Ap­ple watch when he en­tered the con­sulate and that it was con­nected to a mo­bile phone he left out­side. How­ever, it was not clear whether data from Khashoggi’s watch could have been trans­mit­ted to his phone out­side, or how in­ves­ti­ga­tors could have re­trieved it with­out ob­tain­ing the watch them­selves.

Tech­nol­ogy ex­perts say it is highly un­likely the watch could have recorded ac­tions in­side the em­bassy and up­loaded them to an iCloud ac­count. Most mod­els of the watch re­quire that it be within 30 to 50 feet (9-15 me­tres) of the iPhone that it is paired with to up­load data to Ap­ple’s iCloud, they said. Bat­tling po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal ac­cu­sa­tions and cur­rently en­gaged in an im­age fight with fem­i­nists, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has found a sup­port from a woman, First Lady Mela­nia Trump, who brushed aside crit­i­cism against him say­ing, “my hus­band is do­ing an in­cred­i­ble job”.

In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view to ABC News, the First Lady brushed off al­le­ga­tions of her hus­band’s ru­moured af­fairs, say­ing she had “much more im­por­tant things to think about”.

Mela­nia Trump spoke with ABC News’ Tom Lla­mas while on her first solo tour through Africa.

“I’m a mother and a First Lady, and I have much more im­por­tant things to think about and to do…It is not

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An Amer­i­can flag flies amongst rub­ble left in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Michael in Mex­ico Beach, Flor­ida, US on Thurs­day. Michael crashed ashore near the beach on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, with winds of up to 155 mph. It pushed a wall of sea­wa­ter in­land, caus­ing wide­spread flood­ing.

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